There’s no better place on earth to get up close and personal with nature’s largest and wildest animal life than the vast content of Africa. The ‘Big Five’ in the game world are some of the most dangerous animals on the planet and are significant drivers of tourism to the parks, reserves and conservancies of countries like Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. The ‘Big Five’ category includes the lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and the rhinoceros, and was named thus, not necessarily based on the size of the animals, but on the dangers involved in hunting them. Thankfully hunting of these magnificent beasts is no longer legal in the many protected areas of Africa, so "getting a good shot" is now task of the camera.
When it comes to safaris, finding the perfect lodging can be difficult. There are countless sites to choose from, with varying landscapes, wildlife offerings, and degrees of luxury. Our advice to you? Be picky. If you want to catch a glimpse the Big Five, bungee jump over Victoria Falls, have a candlelight dinner in the bush, kayak alongside a giant rhino, and take a steaming hot bath in an outdoor tub, you can!
The following is a picture montage of safari glamping sites in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania that leave almost nothing to be desired. From the thrills of big game viewing to the pleasures of luxury living, we invite you sit back, browse, click, and go!
Tented Bush Camp in South Luangwa National Park
Solar Powered Hideaway on Private Island of Sindabezi, Victoria Falls
Exclusive, Intimate Safari Camp in Tanzania’s Selous Reserve
Spacious, Luxury Tents in the Remote Southern Serengeti
Eco-friendly, Deluxe Glamping Safari Camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park
Eco Lodge Overlooking Kenyan Wildlife Sanctuary
Safari Camp Eco-Lodges in Masai Mara
Premier Safari Camp in Masai Mara, Rift Valley
Premier Safari Camp in Masai Mara, Rift Valley
We all get it…that hunger for adventure…that craving for the extraordinary…that desire to get out and stretch our legs and open our minds with new and unforgettable experiences. We want excitement, we want to discover, and we want to do it over, and over and over again.
This is Wanderlust!
Not too long after our inception, Glamping Hub teamed up with growing company, Wanderlust Hospitality to share with the world an element of the glamping industry that was just starting to take hold. As travelers began to fully embrace luxury camping as a legitimate niche in the hospitality industry and Glamping Hub raced to meet their demand, Wanderlust began their approach from the side of the glamping site owners – the travelers whose appreciation for glamping energized them to establish their very own luxury camping sites – thus increasing the supply of sites for travelers to choose from.
Over the past many months, Wanderlust Hospitality has been furiously working to grow their collection, their main objective and business strategy being to help future glamping entrepreneurs imagine, design, build and open their own luxury camping sites…everything from helping to plan glamping events, to adding glamping structures to already existing campgrounds, to building glamping sites from “dirt to destination.”
And within the last several weeks, their very first sites-from-scratch opened their tent flaps to wandering guests.
First on the scene was Camp San Juan, which includes tented sites on Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Deception Pass – all part of the magnificent San Juan Islands, which float in the deep blue waters between the northwestern coast of Washington State and Vancouver Island. These stunning locations offer endless outdoor adventure and unthinkable beauty with the warm and cozy comforts of home. The traditional canvas wall tents include amenities like queen-size beds, duvets, soft linens and blankets, tables and chairs, and bath towels.
Next to arrive was Camp Challenger at Challenger Ridge Vineyard, also in Washington State, but settled near the border of Cascades National Park. Challenger Ridge is a 65 acre vineyard property sitting pretty on the shores of the rushing Skagit River, offering it’s lucky guests access to rafting, fishing, riding, and of course a personal taste of their delicious house wines. Their clean and comfortable tents are fitted with plush queen-sized beds, linens, towels, firewood, and a cooler to keep your drinks chilled.
Wanderlust Hospitality is just getting started. As the glamping craze continues to spread like wildfire across the globe, more and more glampers are going to get energized to build their own luxury camping businesses. Wanderlust’s model is simple…to create outdoor lodging that is “authentic, effortless and inspiring,” and to be a direct response to that inevitable travel bug, helping explorers bring their love of adventure, discovery and excitement back home.
By: Karina Nicolau
Deep in the rolling hills of the Malaga region of southern Spain you can find the most charming finca with a two story, rustic country home. The home sits high on a hilltop and is surrounded by four romantic mongolian yurts. This quirky country cottage is the new home of Sara and Darren Easey, a couple who recently relocated to Alora, Spain this past November from York, England. In York they ran a successful glamping business for over four years with a customer base of over 5,000. When asked about their decision to pack up their thriving business in York and make the trek to Andalucia, the answer wasn’t surprising - to escape the rain.
The Glamping Hub team recently made the 2 hour commute to Alora Yurts from our European office in Seville, Spain for a local television segment and we were pleasantly surprised. Sara and Darren welcomed us into their home with open arms and big smiles. Sara’s sincerity and Darren’s laid back demeanor would immediately put any guest at ease. With this site’s magnificent views, colorful, fun, Moroccan decor, and several hammock lounge areas scattered throughout the property, you can’t help but feel a sense of calm while at Alora Yurts.
Sara and Darren are truly incredible hosts as they run this four-unit glamping site completely on their own. They manage everything from the strenuous grounds maintenance to all of the property renovations, including their fully equipped outdoor bathroom with standing shower, full vanity and claw foot bathtub. These two are hands on hosts...Darren even dug the ditches and mounted the yurts himself!
As we learned more about the property, what really caught our eye were the wonderful amenities and the attention to detail that Sara and Darren incorporated into their glamping site. Guests of the luxurious yurts can enjoy breakfast in bed, home cooked candlelit dinners, relaxing massages, refreshing dips in the pool, and glasses of wine in the hot tub overlooking the Guadalhorce river at sunset. It is these experiences and details that make a stay at Alora Yurts worth remembering.
So I’m sure you’ve heard of pop up shops, where purveyors of consumer goods set up their wares for show or sale in unusual places for short bursts of time. They can be anything from empty storefronts, to flashy trailers, to 10x10 tents on the street. This is done to draw excitement from the crowds for specific campaigns, new products, or just to get people re-energized about a brand.
But how about pop up hotels? Yeah you heard right…pop up hotels. For all of the same reasons that retail companies create their temporary stores, lodging owners and niche hospitality enthusiasts are designing “surprise” hotel rooms and one-of-a-kind hotel spaces in extraordinary locations to get people excited about travel and help hotel proprietors generate demand for their accommodations.
Retro Hospitality is one of these companies. The spaces they design are “unique, innovative, portable and customized spaces that are designed to be remembered”. You need to check this out…
How to make a BoxSpa: take a 16’x20’ or 16’x40’ restored shipping container, wave a wand, and presto, you have a customized spa experience that can be delivered to any location worldwide. The interior can include areas for massage rooms, relaxation rooms, nail services, locker rooms, reception, and nooks for any kind of spa treatment you can think of. And the exterior can have as many or as few windows as needed, to allow just the right amount of sunshine to filter in. The options for creative design and space allocation are almost endless within this metal container that, in its previous life, may have shipped millions of rubber duckies back and forth across the Pacific.
The Pop-Up Lounge
Imagine a shiny Airstream caravan that as been converted into a swanky bar or chill restaurant. Now take that already awesome idea and import it into any kind of event venue. Retro Hospitality’s re-purposed vintage caravans can take a parking lot, a rooftop, a pool deck, a trade show, or a festival and transform it into a chic, one-of-a-kind party. Easy to set up, easy to dismantle…so it arrives and is gone in a heartbeat…creating the cool vibe of impromptu celebration.
Retro Hospitality takes the concept glamping and twists it into a product that both hoteliers and luxury camping site owners will clamber for. These incredible spaces don’t respond to demand, they create it!
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