Wild Luxury Safaris
When it comes to luxurious African wildlife adventures, Bushtops Camps has become synonymous with the highest standards in safaris. Our exceptional camps in Kenya’s Masai Mara and the Tanzanian Serengeti are bywords for Wild Luxury – two short words that summarise the perfect 5-star luxury safari experience.
Wonderfully situated for the annual wildebeest migration, all three Bushtops camps deliver a year-round blend of fantastic cuisine, superb facilities and stunning game viewing. Our tented camps are havens of peace and comfort, offering the finest of facilities. Yet alongside the highest levels of quality and service, it is the presence of the Big Five and a huge supporting cast of mammals, reptiles and bird life that makes a Bushtops wildlife safari unforgettable.
Whether tracking prides of lions, staring in awe at elephants, spotting the elusive rhino, marvelling at the grace of a leopard or simply watching buffalo herds, nothing on earth comes close to time spent in the Bush, guided by experts and transported in Africa’s best-equipped safari 4x4s.
Africa’s Wild Luxury safari destination
A determination to provide the best safari holidays on earth has led delighted guests to say the nicest things about the unparalleled Bushtops experience – and keep coming back for more. Honeymooners, couples, families and groups alike tell us the Bushtops experience is “the best”, that our service is “exquisite” and that Bushtops is “the most wonderful place I have ever been.”
We don’t repeat such comments with complacency: past performance only matters if we can build on it, exceeding every expectation. So treat our website as a preview of a magical world, ranging from Mara Bushtops in Kenya, through Serengeti Bushtops in Tanzania’s Northern Serengeti, and down to Roving Bushtops, our mobile tented camps near the heart of the Serengeti.
Then come and see one, two or all three Bushtops Camps. We’d love to welcome you to our world of Wild Luxury.
The words ‘exclusive’ and ‘luxurious’ are often exaggerations: at Mara Bushtops they fit like a glove. Watching from your own 100 square metre private deck as an abundance of wildlife congregates around the adjacent salt lick is, literally, unforgettable. Having your butler draw your hot tub after a spectacular game drive is heavenly. Delving into the well-stocked wine cellar and enjoying superb cooking simply adds to the magic. Together, these experiences create an oasis of five-star luxury, blending peace with adventure – and first-class comfort with unforgettable sights and smells, sounds and sensations
Mara Bushtops has been designed to blend into its surroundings, minimising our visual and environmental impact, whilst providing every comfort to our guests. 12 spacious and fabulously appointed luxury tents (think of a 5-star hotel room, under canvas) can be found by following private paths from a shared space to secluded havens of privacy and calm. Every fixture, fitting, texture, surface, material and ornament has been chosen carefully by talented architects and designers.
A Tanzanian haven for serious safari seekers, Serengeti Bushtops is an oasis of 5-star luxury within one of the world’s most magical settings. Picture yourself gazing out over the stunning scenery of the Serengeti. Imagine returning from safari and watching the sunset from the comfort of your tent’s private hot tub. Consider the thrill of watching the annual migration thunder across the mighty Mara river. Or simply revel in the thought of being pampered by your butler and our friendly staff, before enjoying our fabulous cooking and fine wines in the comfort of our restaurant and shared spaces. This combination of safari adventure, first class facilities and blissful relaxation has delivered Serengeti Bushtops’ unwavering promise of Wild Luxury ever since we opened in June 2010.
Under Serengeti Bushtops canvas lies the finest in seductive luxury and twelve of the largest, most impressive tented en suites imaginable. None of the tents are overlooked, but all look over the Serengeti. Each faces the sunset and is open on two sides, giving you an extraordinary panoramic view of nature’s living masterpiece.
Bushtops tents are simply extraordinary. Each boasts a hundred and twenty square metres of luxurious living space, providing ample room to wander at leisure, sink into a deck lounger, soak in your private hot tub or gaze out at passing wildlife. Spacious and beautifully furnished, each offers true five star luxury within a canvas canopy – but with space and views no hotel could hope to match.
Some camps are set in magnificent surroundings but fixed: others offer game viewing on the move, at the expense of five star facilities. As its name implies, Roving Bushtops offers the best of both worlds.
The camps base sits proudly in the heart of the Central Serengeti, in the Seronera valley. Not only does our superb location provide exceptional year-round game viewing for our guests, the migration comes to us in November/December and we can reach the migration herds on a half or full-day game drive till around the end of June/beginning of July before they reach the northern Serengeti.
In between (end of January to mid April), Roving Bushtops follows the migration South to Kusini where we sit temporarily for about three months. Ensuring our guests get maximum exposure to the migration birthing season after which the camp moves back to our spot in central Serengeti to catch the herd before they reach Serengeti Bushtops which offers a ringside seat for the world-famous river crossings, which take place in the northern Serengeti.
Because Roving Bushtops is not fenced off, we enjoy direct access to wildlife and the Bush. Of course, this means we need to take particular care. Our guests are asked to stay vigilant at all times, being escorted by local security staff when moving between tents in the early mornings, evenings and night.
Although half the size of Mara Bushtops and Serengeti Bushtops (with six tents rather than twelve), Roving Bushtops’ luxury safari accommodation mirrors their exceptional standards, service and facilities.
Once you arrive at your tented paradise, your every need is catered for, with absolutely no compromise on indulgence. We use the word ‘tent’, but in reality you relax within a stunningly-appointed five-star private room; it just happens to be under canvas in the heart of the African Bush.
From here your driver can summon your personal butler at any time of the day or night, calling by radio to arrange drinks, food, complimentary laundry service, a hot tub or massage, or simply to ask for advice or assistance.
However, you may be far too busy sinking into your king-size bed and its fine linen to do anything more strenuous than thank your lucky stars. And since each tent can be opened on three sides during the day, you can spend many happy hours simply gazing awestruck at your surroundings and its wide vistas whilst listening to Serengeti birdsong.
On each game drive, the host is a highly experienced, knowledgeable and fully qualified ranger. Each has been hand-picked as much for his good nature as love of nature: if you are to spend time together, you need someone who is just as interested in people as he is insightful about animals.
We are extremely proud of our rangers, each of whom speaks fluent English and never stops adding to the breadth and depth of their knowledge through study and exams.
It is astonishing what these experts can find, hidden among the vast expanses of the Serengeti. All our rangers know every inch of the terrain. Being permanently stationed in or near Roving Bushtops, they know where the game can be found and share hour-by-hour information on where the best viewing opportunities lie.
A safe adventure in a wild place: that’s the promise we keep when taking guests on private nature walks though the African Bush.
For obvious reasons, this option is not available when the grass is long, but when it is short, staying close to the ground is the most exciting and satisfying way to explore the landscape, spot birds and animals, and identify tracks.
Keeping you safe and informed, your guides escort you on a 20-45 minute expedition around the camp grounds, giving you a chance to stretch your legs and gain first-hand, close-up insights into the amazing flora and fauna that surround you.
So go on, take a walk on the wild side!
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