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5 charming lodges for an ecological safari

Going to explore the wilderness on a safari remains one of the most incredible experiences. To do so in the best conditions, here are five ecolodges so that your stay leaves no other traces than beautiful memories.

Singita Serengeti House: a five-star safari

Hippos are among the most dangerous animals for humans. (Credit: Harvey Barrison / Flickr / CC) Harvey Barrison

Attached to the Serengeti Park, the second largest reserve in Africa, this large property accommodates up to eight people in superb wooden houses. In the heart of the Grumeti reserve, visitors can enjoy the spa and swimming pool while observing the savannah or go play tennis while waiting for the next excursion. Safaris are organized in the Serengeti Park, especially during the great migrations around the months of March and October. For riders, equestrian outings are available from June 1 to October 31. For more information

From 1,200 euros per night in low season (February to May and November to December, except Christmas period) up to 1,740 euros in high season.

Mosetlha Bush Camp: an immersion in the heart of nature

Sunset in Madikwe Park, a magical moment when the savannah is dressed in a red coat. (Credit: Jorge from Brazil / Flickr / CC)
A cheeath lying on a termite mound in the Madikwe reserve. (Credit: flowcomm / Flickr / CC)

This authentic bush camp welcomes visitors for a stay cut off from the world in Madikwe Natural Park, South Africa. Here, no electricity or Internet, the lighting is done with the oil lamp and the hot water is obtained by boiling it in a boiler operating on a wood fire. With nine spacious houses, the place is perfect for resting and listening to wildlife. Opened in 1991, Madikwe Park is the fourth largest reserve in the country in terms of area and is home, in addition to the famous “Big five” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo), the African wild dog or wild dog, a in danger of disappearing. For more information

Price to be requested directly.

Saruni Mara: between wild life and Masai culture

Six luxurious houses with views of the savannah are available to visitors. (Credit: Saruni Mara)
Lion cubs in Serengeti Park. (credit: Saruni Mara)

Located in the ancestral lands of the Masai people, outside the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya, Saruni Mara offers six small luxury houses in the heart of the savannah. Guided by Maasai warriors, visitors will be able to go on foot or by car to observe one of the largest concentrations of animals in the world and perhaps also admire the incredible spectacle of the migration of hundreds of thousands of herbivores to greener territories, which usually take place around the months of March and October. This stay is also an opportunity to discover the arts and hunting techniques of the Masai, a semi-nomadic people who have preserved their traditions which have inhabited and protected this territory for several hundred years. For more information

From 430 euros per night in low season (March to May + November) up to 735 euros in high season in high season (July to September and from December 20 to January 2).

Budongo Ecolodge: on the trail of the great apes

A baby gorilla hides behind its mother in the Bugondo forest. (Credit: Joachim Huber / Flickr / CC)

Uganda’s Bugondo Forest is a sanctuary for nearly 20 species of primates, including the impressive mountain gorillas, threatened with extinction in several parts of Africa. Housed in small wooden houses in the heart of the forest, visitors will set off on the primate trail, accompanied by local guides before going to admire the animals on a safari in Murchison Falls National Park, north of the forest, where they will take a boat to descend the Victoria Nile. For more information.

Price to be requested directly.

Elephant Ecolodge Safari: for lovers of large pachyderms

One of the camps that visitors will enjoy discovering by following the elephants. (Credit: Elephant’s Eye) Picasa
The African elephant is the largest land animal in the world. (Credit: Elephant’Eye)

For seven days, this organized safari takes tourists to the wilds of Botswana and Zimbabwe, passing through Hwange and Chobe Parks, known for their high concentrations of elephants. Each stage is an opportunity to discover a new camp and additional chances to see the “Big Five” and the many other species inhabiting these regions. The stay ends with a visit to Victoria Falls, a spectacular site where water flows from cliffs over a kilometer wide. For more information

From 1885 euros per person for seven days and six nights, in different lodges.

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