Palahala Camp, Katavi National Park $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
You'll have to spring for a private charter flight (arranged by your tour operator) to get to Palahala Camp, but the lodge's remote location in Katavi National Park means that you don't have to share lion sightings with a traffic jam of other safari jeeps. Husband and wife team Ben and Rika Venter, both experienced guides, take a back-to-safari-basics approach to game viewing: Guests track animals on foot and walk among zebra herds rather than passively taking it in from a bumping SUV. (Game drives are available, too.) The camp's eight large tents—furnished with the work of Tanzanian artisans, such as rustic wooden beds and orange mohair blankets—are less polished than the accommodations at the Singita Grumeti lodges. And the camp's commitment to low-impact tourism means that you'll be bathing with bucket showers and enduring occasional stuffiness in the tents, which lack air conditioners or fans. But it's easy to make these comfort concessions once you're sipping a sundowner beside a river full of wildlife (Katavi has more hippos and crocodiles than any other park in Africa) or swapping safari adventure tales over fireside dinners under the stars. Collen Clark
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