In the current issue of Safari interactive magazine, we showcase the portfolio Rooms with a View – some of the most amazing views from lodges, camps and hotels across Africa. We couldn’t include every image that made us gasp of course (the final decisions were really tough!), so here are a few of the rooms that didn’t make it in:
Plunge Pool Paradise
With delicious views across the Île aux Cerfs lagoon, the suites at Anahita Resort – each with their own private plunge pools – are the perfect place to revel in the tropical paradise of Mauritius. Of course, no stay in Mauritius is complete without experiencing the magic of the tropical Indian Ocean. Take a glass-bottom boat trip on the crystal-clear water and discover the wonders that lie beneath. Or immerse yourself in the calm, rejuvenating water and try one of the resort’s water sports activities: kayaking, kite surfing, water skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving, to name a few.
Visit Anahita Resort’s website
Still in its natural, deserted state, Mumbo Island on Lake Malawi (Africa’s third-largest and second-deepest freshwater lake) is home to one of the most private and intimate camps that Africa has to offer. Lake Malawi National Park at Cape Maclear has been classified as a World Heritage Site, and the park was the first in the world to be set aside for the protection of freshwater fish. With exclusive access to the crystal-clear waters of Cape Maclear, snorkelling is the most popular activity here. The camp places a strong emphasis on non-motorised water sports, and so privacy, peace and tranquility are ever-present. If you don’t feel like getting wet, well, it’s hard to think of a better place in Africa to set up a hammock.
Visit the Mumbo Island Camp website
The sunsets at Barra resorts’ Flamingo Bay in Mozambique almost always guaranteed to be breathtaking. It’s called Flamingo Bay for the abundant flocks of flamingos; and there are myriad tropical fish to be seen in the crystal clear waters – you can throw them food from the comfort of your room and watch the feeding frenzy below. The wide open beaches in the bay are also perfect for those casual sunset strolls.
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Erg Chigaga, the highest dune in Morocco, towers over this luxury Bedouin camp in the Western Sahara Desert. Breathtaking vistas and magical experiences abound, like camel riding and sandboarding, just a few steps away. Being surrounded by dunes and the tranquility of the desert, the camp has relaxation high up on the menu too. And there’s no better way to experience it than stargazing under a perfectly clear night sky.
Visit Erg Chigaga’s website
Built high up in the giant Baobab trees of Chole Island in Tanzania, Chole Mjini’s tree houses offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. By day, visit the protected Mafia Island Marine Park, one of the world’s premier ecological complexes of estuarine, mangrove, coral reef and marine ecosystems. The area has been recognised as a critical site for biodiversity, and is home to precious habitats for the Dugong, Sea Turtle and Whale Shark. By night, be lulled to sleep by the sound of the tide lapping through the mangrove roots beneath you…
Visit Chole Mjini’s website
Situated just outside the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park, Tafika camp offers some of the finest leopard viewing in Zambia. The camp is seasonally operated and is only open during the dry season from May to November each year. With the dry season comes clear skies, and with clear skies comes an exclusive, romantic African stargazing experience. If that’s not enough to entice you, then the exhilarating microlight flights, mountain bike safaris, cultural tours and walking safaris should do the trick.
Visit Tafika Camp’s website
With breathtaking views across the Meru plains in Kenya, every room at Elsa’s Kopje is a room with an amazing view. Built on the site of George Adamson’s original campsite, the lodge is named after Elsa the lioness, made famous by the Adamson’s book and film ‘Born Free’. Situated on Muwhango Hill, the lodge is perfectly hidden from below, and every room is isolated enough to afford guests their very own piece of Kenyan scenic splendour.
Visit the Elsa’s Kopje website
Which is your favourite room with a view? Take your time to look them over (just as we did) and let us know in the comments section below!
View the Rooms with a View portfolio in Safari interactive magazine