Fancy Pants Aardvark Safaris’ hot list of ultra luxurious lodges and safaris

July 14th 2014  |   Unique Experiences, Miscellaneous  |  by   Charlotte Opperman
Lewa yellow 'Out of Africa' biplane Kenya

We have at our fingertips a collection of incredible lodges and safari camps that really do offer something a little bit special, whether it’s game viewing in almost total seclusion, accommodation simply out of this world, faultless service, or even your own private island. For luxury that really delivers:

Singita Grumeti, Tanzania

– Three superb lodges in a 350,000 acre wilderness adjacent to the famous Serengeti. With the wildebeest migration passing through twice a year it’s a top wildlife spot with accommodation to match.

Cottar’s, Masai Mara, Kenya

– A sublime camp that manages to re-create the golden age of safari in a heady cocktail of spectacular tents, antique furnishings and attentive staff. Pure ‘Out of Africa’.

North Island, Seychelles

– An exclusive luxury lodge unashamedly aimed at providing the very best. It’s a tropical idyll to exceed all expectations.

Uncharted Africa mobile, Okavango Delta, Botswana.

A Rolls Royce of a mobile safaris which delivers absolute luxury and privacy amid one of Africa’s finest wildlife areas. Explore with co-owner Ralph Bousfield, whose rock star looks belie an extraordinary passion for this unique environment. Glamping, or glamorous camping, at its very best.

Sindabezi Island, Livingstone, Zambia.

Book this gorgeous, intimate camp on an exclusive basis and you have your own private island amid the Zambezi River. Close to all the activities in Livingstone, it’s perfect for an extra special experience if travelling with friends or extended family.

Little Mombo, Botswana.

An elegant, intimate camp in the place of plenty. Luxurious, stylish accommodation in an area boasting enormous concentrations of plains game and predators – arguably providing the best big game viewing in all of Africa. A classic safari camp at its very best.

Tswalu, South Africa.

A beautiful South African wilderness, and at over 100,000 hectares the largest private reserve in the country. Diverse wildlife, astonishing landscapes and simply beautiful accommodation. Less than 30 visitors at a time so a vast and magical land to be enjoyed in real seclusion.,

Alternative luxury

Often it’s more than obvious luxury that can make a safari extra special. Here are a few more unusual ideas that will enrich your holiday.

Home visit.

We want you to have the most fabulous holiday imaginable and will go to great lengths to make your dreams a reality. A great starting point is for us to visit you at home to give you a real flavour of all that is on offer.

Go behind the scenes.

Get involved with wildlife management and you become a participant in your safari as well as an observer. Rhino tagging, game census and capture, assisting the gorilla vets, visiting TUSK Trust projects, and cheetah research are among the options available.

Aardvark’s black book.

With a combined experience of over 100 years in the safari business our black book is full of ‘beyond reach’ contacts. We love a challenge so if you want to fish on Lake Turkana, take a private climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, explore with Masai warriors turned TV presenters, stay with San Bushmen in Botswana or other more unusual safari activities let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.


Pick and mix from an extensive list of ‘one offs’ to add to the experience – including: helicopter flip over the Okavango Delta, a scenic bi-plane flight in northern Kenya, private balloon trip over the Masai Mara or Serengeti, exclusive guided tour of Cape Town.

Philanthropic opportunities.

The camps and lodges we work with are all involved in conservation in some form or other. Wildlife management, research projects and education are key to protecting Africa’s precious wilderness and wildlife. If you want to explore supporting some of these initiatives we can put you in touch with the right people.

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