A new eco camp and a glorious refurb in east Africa

Unparalleled views in Tanzania and observing wild dogs in Kenya

Kenya’s Loisaba Camp
Kenya’s Loisaba Camp

After a few unnerving seasons in the commercial shadows of Ebola and terrorism, east Africa seems to be regaining some traction. From the excellent team at Nomad Tanzania comes Entamanu Ngorongoro (www.nomad-tanzania.com; from $655 per person per night), a camp set flush at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, 2,300m above sea level, with views west to the Serengeti that are unparalleled in the area and what is, year on year, one of the densest concentrations of mammals in the country. Its eight tents boast both rustic good looks with modern comforts (no one will want for hot showers and high thread counts) and the fillip of being Nomad’s lowest-impact camp to date, with not a single permanent structure. Meanwhile, in Kenya’s 56,000-acre Loisaba conservancy, Loisaba Camp(book through Cazenove + Loyd, www.cazloyd.com; from £2,760 per person for six nights full board, including international flights and transfers, pictured) is just emerging from a total refurb, its 12 tents (three of them family units) sleekly contemporised with features including teak decking and platform beds, all overlooking the vast stretch of the Laikipia Plateau. Indigenous communities are at the heart of this place, which sits at the nexus where Samburu and Maasai cultures meet, but it’s also drawing those keen to observe the endangered wild dog, whose populations are flourishing here.

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