East Africa Camps, Africa

East Africa Camps has lodges situated in the middle of the most beautiful places on Earth — places where there’ll never be room for a traditional hotel — offering travellers amazing safari experiences off the beaten track.Tuesday, 6 June 2017

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

East Africa Camps has lodges situated in the middle of the most beautiful places on Earth — places where there’ll never be room for a traditional hotel — offering travellers amazing safari experiences off the beaten track. Guests can enjoy a truly immersive nature experience
— without walls, without electricity, beneath a sky full of stars.

Each spacious tent contains locally made furniture, comfortable beds strewn with cotton sheets and feather duvets, private bathrooms with a flushing toilet, a luggage rack and safari chairs. Add excellent service and that’s the comfort of a hotel in the middle of the African bush.

East Africa Camps is part of a demanding project of corporate social responsibility. Its camps are fully mobile, eco-friendly and sustainable. All energy sources are provided by solar power, which means no generator noise disturbing the camps’ residents or nearby wildlife.

Trips with East Africa Camps have plenty to offer: after a day on safari, guests gather round the firepit to sip on a sundowner before tucking into a delicious dinner made with the finest
local ingredients

All its properties and locations are, of course, shared with the African wildlife — the camps have no walls, meaning it’s perfectly normal to share space with a baboon, pass by a hippo family in the Maasai Mara or see the nearby trees trimmed by a herd of elephants

The magnificent African scenery can be enjoyed from the comfort of a vehicle or seen up close: guests can set off on a choice of nature walks through stunning landscapes — for instance, at Pakulala Safari Camp or Lukuba Island Lodge.

Olengoti Eco Safari Camp

Bordered by Talek River and surrounded by wildlife, this 11-tent camp is the perfect base from which to discover the magnificent Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Easily accessible, Olengoti Eco Safari Camp is just a short drive from both Keekorok Airstrip or Musiara Airstrip. This camp is known for its unique bio-architecture project — based on a Maasai Boma — and for East Africa Camps’ initiative to plant trees in the local surroundings. The camp’s garden is grazed at night by the resident family of hippos and enjoyed by residents during the day. While staying at the camp, guests can choose from numerous activities on offer, including a balloon safari, game drives, game walks, boat rides on Lake Victoria and visits to the local Datoga and Hadzabe tribes.

Lukuba Island Lodge

Lukuba Island Lodge is situated on Lukuba Island in northern Tanzania’s Musoma district
— eight miles off the shore of Lake Victoria, the largest body of fresh water in Africa. Built on a remote private island, the lodge is an hour’s boat ride from Musoma and offers an opportunity to relax in privacy and comfort in an exclusive, water-surrounded setting. Lukuba Island is the perfect stop for those crossing from Kenya to Tanzania, and also acts as a major draw for bird-lovers, boasting more than 120 species. While there, as well as birdwatching, visitors can embark on a boat trip around the island, go hiking to Sunset Rock, take a swim or go fishing. Those after a quieter stay can while away days relaxing on the beach. Accommodation comprises eight rooms in five stone-built bungalows in Kyameto Bay, and three large permanent tents on Gonolek Bay. The bungalows feature indoor bathrooms, while the tents have outside bathrooms. For the classic safari with
an updated twist, Lukuba Island Lodge is the ideal spot.

Pumzika Safari Camp

Northern Tanzania’s Pumzika Safari Camp captures the essence of classic mobile,
tented camps with an intimate feel. Located in the Serengeti, in the secluded area of
Turner, just 12 miles from Seronera Airstrip, the seasonal camp boasts commanding views
of the endless savannah

This area is home to the biggest concentration of lions in the world and is a secluded spot in the heart of Serengeti that really comes to life when the Great Migration is underway — a truly overwhelming experience. Six tents offer spacious and unpretentious luxury accommodation, while a close-knit team of friendly staff provides a welcoming, personalised service

Pakulala Safari Camp

This camp is perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater, in the north of Tanzania, at an elevation of 8,530ft — a stunning location for a unique camp. Just a short drive away is the starting point for many walking routes in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There’s the mighty Empakaai crater trek, which takes in the migration routes of flamingos and descends to the water of Lake Magadi. Then there’s the three-day trek from Lake Natron, which passes the sacred Ol Doinyo Lengai (‘Mountain of God’), an active volcano in the Gregory Rift, just south of Lake Natron. For travellers looking for a less strenuous day out, a visit to a traditional Maasai boma (shelter) — only a 45-minute walk from camp — offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the indigenous people

Need to know

Key facilities

• Luxury tents
• Stone-built bungalows
• Solar power
• 4WD vehicles
• Experienced guides

Key activities

• Game drives
• Safari walks
• Birdwatching
• Boat trips
• Fishing
• Kayaking
• Swimming
• Hiking
• Hot air balloon rides
• Cultural village visits
• Tribe visits

Contact

T: +255 765 346 525
E: bookings@eastafricacamps.com
eastafricacamps.com

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