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The Selous Project, Selous Game Reserve 

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Selous Game Reserve
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Safari lodges have been locked in an amenities arms race of increasingly tricked-out SUVs and villas citadeled in a mess of marble bathrooms and infinity pools. With just four tents in a 300,000-acre protected wildlife reserve, the Selous Project is an ambitious new camp that harks back to the original Swahili meaning of the word safari: journey. Instead of passively watching animals from a jeep, you'll jump out to track them on foot, hiding in grassy outcrops to photograph elephants and hippos swimming in the river. Overnight portered safaris and fly-camping get you even closer to the rhythms of the reserve with mesh tents that allow you to fall asleep under a blanket of stars and awake with the first pink rays of sunrise. The main camp sits in the shade of a riverine forest on the banks of the Luwego, and the sizable tents were designed based on nineteenth-century British army specifications, with elegant campaign furniture constructed from reclaimed hardwoods, flickering antique hurricane lamps, and handsome Egyptian rugs. Solar panels harnessing energy for the camp top shaded daybeds on stilts in the river. Even more important, the project is creating a model for sustainable tourism in Tanzania by converting an area that would otherwise be used for big game hunting, protecting the diversity that makes this one of Africa's last great untouched wilderness areas. —2010 Hot List

Which room to book: At just four tents, you can't go wrong, but those nervous about things that go bump (or roar) in the night might feel more at ease in the tent bordering the common area.

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