Outside GO Catches Khaki Fever
Outside GO Catches Khaki Fever
There is no cure for this particular ailment
Canvas is more than just a fabric. It's a texture reminiscent of our origins in Africa, of course, but it has come to define even more. It's listening to the sound of rain fall from an African sky, sleeping with a thin cloth between you and a pride of lions, becoming as immersed in the experience of travel as physically possible. Khaki fever has spread worldwide and we embrace it with enthusiasm and open arms. Here are our nine favorite tented camps from the rugged coastline of British Columbia to the awesomely wild interior of Australia.
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HOANIB SKELETON COAST
NAMIBIA: Skeleton Coast National Park
Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp has raised the bar for desert dwellings. This open-air oasis is located in one of the driest areas in all of Africa, the Skeleton Coast. Known as “The Land God Made in Anger” by the Bushmen of the Namibian interior, this stretch is named for the whalebones and shipwrecks that dot the beaches. Now, the 6,200-square-mile Skeleton Coast National Park is home to undulating dunes, salt pans, and boisterous seal colonies. This is the setting for the Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, your gateway into Namibia’s arid and exciting wilderness.
CLAYOQUOT CLOUD CAMP
CANADA: Vancouver Island off the Coast of British Columbia
When you hear the words “romantic escape,” images of lanterns and hot tubs under the stars come to mind. The phrase makes us envision sweeping vistas, careful attention to detail, and a sense of place—all perfectly removing you from that thing at home called real life. That is exactly the kind of escape the Cloud Camp at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort provides. Perched high on the shore of an alpine lake overlooking the mountains of Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean beyond, this is the ultimate in remote adventure. If you want, even the kids can come along.
AUSTRALIA: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
While we have quite a few epic base camps in Australia, Longitude 131 is our favorite one under canvas. Tucked away in the bush beneath the imposing face of Uluru, or Ayers Rock, Longitude 131 takes its name from its location in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Immerse yourself in the landscape and surrounding history (Uluru is a sacred site for the local Anangu people) during your stay beneath the Australian sun. Whether you spend your time learning of the ancient stories of the traditional owners or exploring the stunning flora and fauna with expert guides, this is one trip Down Under that is quite simply unparalleled.
OUT OF AFRICA
Timeless classics that we return to time and time again.
SOUTH AFRICA: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Tanda Tula Safari Camp was one of the first East African styled, luxury tented safari camps in South Africa. Located in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the canvas-covered camp sits beneath enormous trees on the banks of the Nhlaralumi Riverbed in the heart of Big Five country. By day, take one of Tanda Tula's renowned walking safaris to track big game on foot, and by night relax in a beanbag on the porch of your tent to watch elephants and zebras stroll right before your eyes.
TANZANIA: Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks
Nestled between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, Chem Chem camp offers a secluded, out-of-this-world experience that is hard to find today—even in the wilds of Africa. Don’t be fooled by the elegant simplicity of Chem Chem Lodge. The activities are anything but sparse, featuring tracking game on foot with native Maasai and taking in the sights from above in a hot air balloon. Whatever you do, make sure to spend at least one sunrise observing the flamingos on Lake Manyara. They, along with your entire Chem Chem experience, will be the stuff of dreams for years to come.
COTTARS 1920'S CAMP
KENYA: Serengeti and Loliondo Reserves
Cottars 1920's Camp is a storybook come to life. Created as part of the first safari company in Kenya, Cottars exists as it did in the old days (although they've updated the linens since then). It's right on the border of the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves with access to an untouched 250,000 acres of untouched wilderness—6,000 of them exclusive. A stay at Cottars 1920's camp with ten creamy canvas tents filled with historical touches and modern comforts, setting the scene for a perfect safari. Imagine the romance, excitement, and wildness of Africa one-hundred years ago, and you've imagined a stay at Cottars.
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GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP
ECUADOR: Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Safari Camp is a brand new, family-owned and operated way to experience Darwin's famous islands. You'll embark on a new aquatic adventure each day in classic island-hopping style, but also get to enjoy the unique African-esque experience of sleeping under canvas each night. Not only will you get to surf, snorkel, and swim, but you'll be based right next to the National Park Tortoise Reserve on an incredibly remote 135-acre private tract in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Galapagos Safari Camp offers the best of both worlds, if you ask us!
DUBA EXPEDITION CAMP
BOTSWANA: Okavango Delta
The brand new Duba Expedition Camp sits in the heart of classic Okavango Delta habitat in Botswana. A matrix of palm-dotted islands, flood plains and woodland, the 77,000-acre private concession typifies the region’s unique landscape. With only six tents, Duba Expedition Camp perches on stilts right at the water's edge, clandestinely positioned among lush green reeds—perfect for spying on the colorful birds that frequent the delta. The phenomenal, remote location combined with five-star guides and wildlife viewing make Duba Expedition Camp one of our new favorites.
ZIMBABWE: Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park
Tucked into large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, the brand new Ruckomechi Camp looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Like all of our hand-picked Outside GO safari camps, Ruckomechi has been thoughtfully designed to maximize your experience on the plains of Africa. Warm touches make you feel right at home, while the sound of elephants munching albida trees just outside remind you that you're only a few footsteps away from adventure. This is Ruckomechi Camp in Zimbabwe, and it's one of our favorite destinations under canvas in all of Africa.
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