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5 New Standout Safari Camps

Entertainment5 New Standout Safari Camps

Safari camps are the stuff of dreams and bucket lists. They can also be leaders in conservation, sustainability, design, eco-sensitivity and hospitality.

Take Kisawa Sanctuary, set to open next summer on an island off the coast of Mozambique. The construction of the marine safari camp incorporated 3-D sand printing, along with traditional weaving, thatching and textile work. Care was also taken not to disturb the orcas, humpback whales and manta rays in the surrounding waters.

Or consider Natural Selection’s Kwessi Dunes Lodge, due to open next spring in Namibia’s staggeringly vast desert wilderness. Each bedroom will feature a “star gazer” room, so guests can take in the night sky.

There’s also Meridian Adventure SAIL, an ocean safari via six fancy catamarans — based in the pristine coral triangle of Raja Ampat, Indonesia — that leaves almost no footprint at all.

As places to glimpse creatures great and small, or as gateways to the back of beyond (where you can seriously get away from it all), safari camps may be the ultimate hotel. Here are five prospects, all outstanding in their field.


On 178 acres at the edge of Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda, this new lodge sits close to the habitat of one-third of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. It opened last August as the 15th in Singita’s collection of conservation-focused and sustainably minded lodges, often used by blue-chip travel outfits such as Red Savannah.

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