Travel and Leisure came out a while back with a list of hotel bathtubs with the best views (thanks to Mitch Wolf – safari traveler extraordinaire and past client – for sending the link to me). There are lots of safari properties on this list!
The only Safari bath on Travel and Leisure’s List I don’t agree with is the one at Elephant Camp… great safari property but the view is of scrubby bush and in the very far distance you can just see the mist rising from Victoria Falls… it looks like smoke if you don’t know what you are looking at… not the most attractive of views.
Having spent the last 20+ years traveling staying at Africa’s best safari properties I couldn’t help but note my favorite safari baths (several of which are on T&L’s list):
1) Presidential Suite at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town… at sunset the view north towards the night lights of Camp’s Bay with the dark blue Atlantic to the left and the Twelve Apostle mountains glowing to the right is STUNNING!
2) Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Tanzania… The free standing tubs in the North and South Camp rooms look out over the foggy rainforested hills and wild animal filled crater below… my last visit I counted 78 red roses in the vase next to the tub my butler had filled while I was out.
3) Tintswalo Atlantic in Cape Town… this little boutique hotel is really superb – a hidden gem. It is the only hotel within the park and is set right on above a rocky beach. I love taking a bath here… each crashing wave looks as if it will come into your room.
4) Simba Suite at Ol Jogi in Kenya… this private 60,000 acre wildlife reserve can only be booked by 1 party at a time… you get all 20 rooms. The jetted tub in the Simba Suite doesn’t have a view – but the opulant bathroom is over the top.
5) Cottar’s 1920s in the Masai Mara have mobile canvas baths (similar to baths that porters would have carried years ago on foot expeditions across the continent) that they can set up on your room’s verandah! Such a cool experience!
I could go on and on… the baths at Mwiba Lodge in Tanzania, or at Faru Faru Lodge in Tanzania, or Zarafa Camp in Botswana… Or what about rooms with their own plunge pools where elephants come and drink? That is a whole other post!