• Singita Mara

    River Camp:


    Located in 98,000-acres of wildlife-rich wilderness in the Serengeti National Park, this newly opened retreat allows guests to connect with nature while making minimal impact on the environment. With just six elegant tents, each with an open-air bathtub and views across the Mara River, you can watch the annual wildebeest migration between August and October, or spot the resident game, big cats, elephants, crocodiles and hippos from the comfort of your terrace. Take a night safari and see the sky light up as you've never seen it before – a truly mesmeric escape. From US$1,010 per person, per night; imagineafrica.co.uk

    Mashpi Lodge:


    A two-and-a-half hour drive from Quito, Ecuador's capital city, is South America's most exciting new hotel. Mashpi Lodge is nestled in an 1,300-hectare reserve in the heart of the Andean cloud forest. Not a single tree was cut down to build the minimalist but luxe 22-room hotel, where the floor-to-ceiling windows show off the main feature – the magnificent wildlife. Armadillos, iguanas, sloths, capuchin monkeys and clouds of butterflies lurk among gnarled trees and tumbling rare orchids. Visit the hummingbird feeders at dusk; the whizzing of wings provides an audible hum, and the iridescent flashes of color are balm for the soul. From $1,296 per person for two nights, all-inclusive; mashpilodge.com


    Singita is in the northern tip of the stunning yet remote Serengeti National Park

    Mashpi Lodge: city-slick architecture in the Amazon jungle


    Words: Jessica Jonzen; Lydia Bell

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