By Ruth Doherty published
We might not be able to book our next getaway yet, but we can certainly start planning and enjoy inspiration from some of the most epic hotels around the world. A safari is often at the top of many people's travel bucket lists, and safari bathroom views are now a factor when choosing which hotel to stay at.
The Luxury Safari Company arranges bespoke high-end safaris across some of the most incredible camps and lodges in Africa, and has rounded up some six of the best safari bathroom views that will take your breath away, from majestic scenes over the savanna to out-of-this-world elephant-dotted vistas. The luxury safari bathtub is a relatively new thing but with some camps and lodges offering guests some of the most epic and unrivalled views in the world, it's naturally taken off and has become essential for guests choosing where to safari.
Discover the best bathrooms with a view from around the world:
Not all views are created equal and below are some of the best bathroom views from across Africa. Whether you’re suspended over the bush with 360-degree views of the wild or looking out onto the Kenyan jungle from your sunken bathtub watching the sunset on the horizon, there is a view that will take your breath away.
1. THE KINGSTON TREEHOUSE AT LION SANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
Set amid the pure and untouched wild, the Kingston Treehouse is constructed entirely from wood and glass, with contemporary décor in understated hues of greys, white, black and purple. You're surrounded by African bush and uninhibited wildlife at its best. Kingston is equipped with full bathroom and shower facilities and Africology products to complete the sensory experience.
2. MADIKWE HILLS, SOUTH AFRICA
Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is found on a hill in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve, ingeniously located amongst boulders and age-old Tamboti trees. Madikwe Game Reserve is home not only to the 'Big Five' but also to a wealth of over 66 mammal species, including the rare African wild dog, as well as cheetah, eland, kudu, giraffe and a range of more than 300 resident and migratory species of birds.
The Main Lodge comprises 10 ultra-luxurious glass-fronted suites complete with their own deck and private plunge pools, offering absolute privacy and majestic views. The suites have been designed for complete relaxation and comfort, with fireplaces and under-floor heating for the winter months, and for summer, overhead fans and air-conditioning, providing a welcome respite from the harshness of the African heat. Outside showers, romantic bathrooms with concertina glass doors allow you to truly feel at one with the environment.
3. ELSA'S KOPJE, KENYA
Elsa’s Kopje (named after Elsa the lioness) has long been famed as one of Kenya’s most luxurious retreats, with sweeping views over the buffalo and elephant-filled savanna, an infinity pool, and exquisite food, it certainly lives up to its reputation. It is built into Mughwango Hill and only naturally sourced materials were used as you can see from the bathrooms. Each private cottage is enormous, with large verandahs, spacious bathrooms, and plenty of space for afternoon siestas and wildlife viewing from your room.
4. ZARAFA DHOW SUITES, BOTSWANA
The Zarafa Dhow Suites are situated in the Selinda Reserve in Northern Botswana at one of the most luxurious lodges available in Africa. Each 1,000 square foot suite is designed to be of the highest standard and privacy, and the expansive open-air style rooms are decorated with handcrafted furniture. A private extensive verandah offers a plunge pool, outdoor lounge with breathtaking views of the savanna and floodplains of Zibadianja Lagoon's waters. Guests are looked after by their very own private chef and staff.
This extraordinary location is positioned under the shady canopy of jackalberry and red ivory trees. The Selinda Reserve is a place of peace, a contrast to the chaos of modern-day life, regular sightings of the reserves prolific wildlife from Zarafa Camp is a highlight of the Zarafa Lodge location - as well as the incredible outdoor safari bathroom views.
5. GARONGA CAMP, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOUTH AFRICA
Garonga is located in a private conservancy near the Kruger – here you will come back from your game drive and find a rose petal-filled sunken bath, with candles lit and your favourite drink waiting for you, all in a beautiful outdoor platform. Garonga is a private haven, which only a few very lucky guests are privileged enough to experience, it is off the beaten track and provides a refuge from the large numbers of people who game drive in the Kruger, and even the Sabi Sands.
6. COTTAR'S 1920's CAMP, MAASAI MARA, KENYA
This really is a bath like no other – everything in this extremely luxurious camp has been taken from the real campaigns of the first great African explorers. Therefore the baths are also canvas, as were the original ones they used, and they are positioned with amazing views of the Mara, where you will often be watched by nosy giraffes in the area.
The Cottar Safari tradition began in 1919. Nearly 90 years on, Cottar’s Camp continues to provide an unparalleled safari experience to discerning clients in Africa. Extending an era of luxury and quality, guests return to the original spirit and essence of ‘safari’, reminiscent of a golden era – an era of romance, professional guiding, adventure and elegance.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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