An indulgent bath can be a precious, almost meditative experience, all the more enjoyable when appreciated from a stunning vantage point. Red Savannah’s safari specialist, Albee Yeend, picks some of the best bathing experiences in Africa, where guests can watch the sun set over magnificent panoramas and often wildlife enjoying their own waterhole experiences.
Private Granite Suites, Londolozi, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Londolozi Private Granite Suites are perfectly positioned for watching wildlife attracted to the nearby river. The suites have been designed with special occasions in mind, especially honeymoons. Sophisticated tones of silver, grey and black are combined with warm wooden features and indulgent soft furnishings, and each comes with a private heated pool.
The bush bath experience: Each of the three Private Granite Suites at Londolozi has views of the riverbed from their own freestanding oval baths, cleverly crafted from granite. The suites do not accommodate under 16s (unless suites are all booked exclusively) and so bath time is all the more peaceful.
Cottars, Masai Mara, Kenya
Cottars, the oldest safari camp in Africa, harks back to the 1920s and the golden era of the safari, complete with original campaign furniture and antiques. Each of the eleven canvas tents has their own private bathrooms and verandahs.
The bush bath experience: A traditional style canvas bath is set on a Persian rug in the open-air either directly outside your tent or out in the savannah. In keeping with the 1920s style of the camp your bubble-filled bath will be surrounded by authentic safari equipment, as well as champagne and flowers. As you bathe, you can enjoy the wild beauty of the Masai Mara.
Garonga, Makalali Conservancy, South Africa
Just west of Kruger National Park, Garonga Safari Camp has six luxury tents all overlooking the dry riverbed. The romantic Moorish-style tented rooms in umber hues feature large fireplaces, four poster beds and a wooden deck with an outdoor shower and a spacious hammock, where hours can easily be lost.
The bush bath experience: Garonga has fully embraced the bath experience and has created a Bush Sala – a purpose-built retreat in the heart of the bush. The setting has an almost theatrical feel best enjoyed at night. Lie back and unwind as the candlelit performance unravels itself before you – the surrounding bushveld literally comes alive with the sounds of sleepy bird song and laughing hyenas.
Zarafa, Selinda Reserve, Botswana
Zarafa Camp is located on an island in the Zibadianja Lagoon floodplain with game drives offering a great diversity of species, including lion, elephant and wild dog. The four spacious tents, each covering 1,000 square foot, are adorned with custom-made wooden furniture, oversized leather sofas, richly coloured Persian rugs and copper features throughout.
The bush bath experience: One of the finest copper adornments in each of the tents is the magnificent claw-footed baths, placed directly at the open window to enjoy uninterrupted views of the reserve and shaded by the surrounding ebony and ivory trees. For an invigorating alternative, each tent is also equipped with an elegant outdoor shower, as well as a plunge pool.
Albee Yeend is Red Savannah’s African safari expert and a Safari Awards judge. Her career in travel began accidently after she fell in love with Africa on safari in Zambia. Since then she has travelled extensively in Africa, running luxury safari camps in Zambia and Botswana before returning to the UK.
Speak to a safari expert to find out how you can soak up your bush surroundings while indulging in a luxurious bath in one of these opulent safari camps, all of which are regular Safari Awards participants.