Africa’s most luxurious safaris

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Africa's "super safari" camps and hotels bring luxury to the bush

Bono, Richard Branson and Nicolas Sarkozy are some of the guests at these "camps"

Kenya's Cottars 1920s Camp Cottars kits out staff in vintage livery

CNN  — 

African safaris have upped their game.

We’re not talking about the “Big Five” beasts – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo – that people pay top dollar to see.

We’re talking about the accommodations.

For those with budgets as grand as the sweeping plains of southern and eastern Africa, exploring the wilderness needn’t come at the expense of luxury.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge (Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania)

Lake Manyara is the only permanent lodge within Lake Manyara National Park – it comprises 10 stilted tree house suites in the boughs of ancient mahogany trees.

The words “tree house” might be misleading – there’s not a splintered plank in sight.

Instead, there are free-standing bath tubs (complete with a nightly sprinkling of rose petals) and enormous bathrooms with twin sinks and split-level living areas.

After dusty safaris, guests are welcomed back with gin and tonics and cold, scented towels.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania; +27 11 809 4300; from $555 per person per night

Cottars 1920s Camp (Masai Mara, Kenya)

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge comprises 10 stilted tree house suites.