Africa’s greatest bathtubs
While a magnificent bathtub with a view may not be the first thing you look for when planning an African safari, our list of our favourite baths in Southern Africa may just change your mind.
Could there be anything better than relaxing back into warm, sudsy water while staring out over the Okavango Delta? Or how about lolling in a warm bath beneath a heavenly expanse of African night sky?
From rolling, open savannah, to wildlife-dotted plains, and the gentle lapping of the Indian Ocean, these are our top six bathtubs in Southern Africa.
1. Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Situated on a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Kick back the in the secluded bath-with-a-view and see what animals you can spot.
2. PomPom Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Situated in a private concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta, PomPom offers excellent game viewing. After a day out on game drives and mokoro excisions, lie back in your private tub and take in the sights and sounds of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Get there: Experience PomPom’s stellar bathtub for yourself on our Botswana In Brief Lodge Safari.
3. Jacana Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Located on a beautiful island in the Jao Concession in the Okavango Delta, Jacana Camp is surrounded by seasonally-inundated floodplains and papyrus swamps. You’ll look out over the Delta’s reeds and channels from your copper bathtub, and possibly spot an elephant meandering by.
4. Phinda Rock Lodge, South Africa
Set in the Big Five Phinda Private Game Reserve, Phinda Rock Lodge has an incredible bath-with-a-view. Each suite hangs off a cliff face, with views out over the spectacular South African reserve. Spend some time in this bath, watching the sun set and the moon rise.
5. Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
Azura Quilalea is a hidden gem, in the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago. Retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life at this relaxed and understated ‘Robinson Crusoe’ exclusive retreat. You can’t help but be transported when lying in this bathtub, with the sound of gentle waves just outside your door.
Get there: Find yourself in this bath on our Best of Quirimbas trip.
6. Abu Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Abu Camp offers an Okavango Delta safari experience like no other. Your days will be spent walking with the elephants of the Abu herd, seeing this pristine ecosystem through their eyes. After such a magical experience it’s only fitting that the bathtub is equally magical, with views of the Delta and the Abu herd ambling by.
Get there: Botswana Elephant Safari.