When it comes to luxurious African wildlife adventures, Bushtops 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 this 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 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.
At the heart of the camp are our reception, lounge and dining areas, incorporating a fine wine cellar, a bar and library. A deck and infinity pool provide additional space to wind down, read, chat or snooze. Settle into a chair on our wooden decking, then gaze across the Conservancy to the distant hills, with nothing to disturb your view or peace of mind. We will bring you a drink or snack, or leave you in peace: the choice, like time itself, is all yours.
Our cool outdoor infinity pool complements the Spa’s heated pool – bringing you closer to nature. This is the perfect spot for a refreshing splash followed by sundried relaxation, perhaps with a chilled drink for company.
One of the crowning glories of Mara Bushtops is the Amani Spa, where you can enjoy anything from a massage to a facial, hydrotherapy session to skin treatments, fitness workout to a sauna, Jacuzzi to a swim.
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.
Serengeti Bushtops has been designed to blend into its surroundings. The entire camp is completely under canvas, with private paths from a shared space leading to each luxury tent, resplendent in its own secluded haven of privacy and calm. Each of the twelve spacious, beautifully-designed and fabulously appointed tents provides a world of comfort, in which every element has been selected and carefully integrated by our supremely talented architects and designers.
The privacy of your tent at Serengeti Bushtops is complemented by the relaxing spaces you can share with fellow guests. At the heart of the camp is our reception with shop, our elegant open-sided mess tent and contemporary lounge – complete with bar, library, plus our unique wine wall. A highlight of each day is savouring an à la carte gourmet meal and sharing safari stories with fellow guests. Wooden decks and a swimming pool provide additional spaces to wind down, read, chat, snooze or settle into a chair and enjoy striking views across the Serengeti landscape, with nothing to disturb your view or peace of mind. And if you would like a drink or something to eat, we are always on hand to make your wish a rapid reality.
Our cool outdoor pool is many things. A wonderful gathering point. A shimmering jewel in the dry landscape. But most of all, it is the perfect place to cool off, either with a few languid strokes under the baking sun, or simply soaking the cares of the world away. Follow this by stretching out on a lounger with a chilled drink, and you are one step closer to the way life should be.
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 camp 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 then again in March/April, when the wildebeest, zebra and attendant predators return. In between (January and February) the migration remains in reach, visited during our full day game drives.
The camp itself is semi-permanent, which means that although it is able to move from one location to another, we will only do so if changing wildlife patterns or park regulations dictate a better place to be. It is hard to imagine where that might be: we have been hugely fortunate to be granted our current magnificent home.
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.
Despite being in the heart of the Serengeti, we are easy to reach. Regular flights to our local Seronera airstrip leave from Nairobi (JKIA or Wilson), Kogatende, Lake Manyara, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar.
You can visit Roving Bushtops as your sole safari destination or combine the camp with a stay at Serengeti Bushtops (an hour’s flight away). A combined stay is ideal, especially between June and October when Serengeti Bushtops provides a ringside seat for the world-famous river crossings, which take place in the northern Serengeti.
Alternatively, Mara Bushtops in Kenya can be added to both of our Tanzanian venues to complete the full Bushtops set!
As you wonder whether there is anywhere else on earth that you’d rather be than your Roving Bushtops luxury safari tent, you can jump to your feet to explore more than a hundred square metres of luxurious wooden decking, featuring a sunken bathtub, sun loungers and dining table – ideal should you want to enjoy a meal in privacy.
Glorious comfort extends to your en-suite bathroom, equipped with flushing toilet, bath, vanity basin and showers. Other highlights include a writing desk, secure safe for your valuables and a host of imaginative decorative touches, including locally-sourced furniture and fittings.
Permanent 220v AC power and complimentary wi-fi ensure creature comforts are matched by a connection to the world (which you may or may not want!). Please note that, due to our remote location, both wireless and mobile phone connections can be slow and intermittent.
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