I had a tent in Africa. But not a tent as we know it. The nine canvas guest shelters at this safari redoubt in northern Tanzania are of such unbridled luxury that Ernest Hemingway would surely scoff all the way to his bedroll. On the western boundary of the Serengeti National Park, in the 140,000ha Grumeti Reserves, the camp is a splendid interpretation of soft explorer chic. It's the kind of hide-out where one would not be surprised to spy Robert Redford and Meryl Streep strolling past, dressed to the khaki nines, a la Denys and Karen from Out of Africa. Each abode is a two-roomed tent – for lounging or for sleeping – with a canvas bathroom and outdoor shower screened by a bamboo fence. In the camp's so-called mess tent there isn't a shred of mess – but you will find colonial lamps, crystal decanters, hallmarked silver cutlery and starched napery.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp | Grumeti Reserves, Northern Tanzania
Photography courtesy Singita
This copy originally appeared as 'The fab four: luxury tented hideouts' on www.theaustralian.com.au and is re-published here under license. Susan Kurosawa is a writer at The Australian and is not affiliated with Qantas.