Chic guide to African Safari

Where is it?

The African safari boutique hotels featured by Chic Retreats operate in South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. South Africa is one of the largest African countries, located at the bottom of the continent, whilst Kenya is further north on the east coast of Africa. All of the boutique lodges and hotels are a reasonable distance from the nearest airport, but your hotel can arrange to collect you or book a transfer.

Where can I stay?

The beauty of staying at a boutique hotel when you’re on safari is that it offers you the comfort and luxury you would expect from a city hotel, whilst also allowing you to experience the unique landscape. Joy’s Camp in Kenya has just 10 luxury tents in the Shaba Nature Reserve and is the perfect safari experience for seeing the Big 5. Another luxury tent experience in Kenya is Elephant Pepper Camp which offers guests an authentic bush safari far away from the modern world, priding itself on friendly and personal service. In Tanzania there are some lovely boutique hotels to choose from, both on the beach and on safari; Machweo Retreat offers the perfect safari base and also a great location for climbing Kilimanjaro which is only 7 minutes away.  Chitwa Chitwa in South Africa is a private game lodge in the Kruger National Park. Great for children and couples this boutique hotel offers guests private plunge pools, decks and their very own butler.

What can I see?

Safari holidays are designed to let you see big game and other wildlife in its natural habitat. There is nothing more astounding than being in the same environment as animals you’ve only ever seen in a zoo or on the television. The plains of Africa are home to a huge number of species, but most people want to see elephants, giraffes, big cats, zebras, hippos and birds. Whatever your particular interest, the guides arranged by boutique hotels can tailor your trip to give you the best chance of seeing it. In addition to the animals, don’t forget to pay close attention to the landscape itself. The wide plains, lakes and volcanic formations all make for stunning photographs and unforgettable memories – and the perfect backdrop for some stunning sunrises and sunsets.

How do I get around?

Once you’ve arrived at the airport, you will need to drive or take a connecting flight to the game reserve. This can be organised for you by your hotel, who may also be able to arrange your safari tours. These will either be in 4×4 jeeps, or special minibuses. You can also take safari walks with a trained guide, charter an aircraft or take a hot air balloon ride.

Choose one of our stunning boutique hotels or safari camps for a truly luxurious African safari experience.

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.