4 The Group List Glamping Experience — and What to Pack
Created by Eddie Bauer
Written by: Kelly Martin
Published on: August 23, 2022
Fashion Editor: Caroline Griswold
Photo provided by Aman
Whether you’re a seasoned backpacker or just interested in camping, the best of both worlds is a luxury tent with delicious food, access to unspoiled land and vast skies filled with water. star.
The four glamping sites below are a once-in-a-lifetime property type that tops our bucket list. And while we’re dreaming/planning: We’ve put together the essentials (sturdy hiking boots, cool shorts, a suitable daytime pack everything) to load into your duffel, wherever you are going.
Mara River Tented Camp by Singita
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
On the grasslands of the northern Serengeti, in the heart of the Great Migration, a collection of intimate tents make up Singita’s Mara River Tent Camp. Expect best-in-class safari glamor, great food (Singita trains local chefs at its own cooking school) and wine pairs drawn from a massive, award-winning collection camp rewards.
But those are just the perks. You are here to see the wildlife of the Serengeti. Reach your porch early in the morning and you’ll have the chance to see wildebeest, zebra, and wildebeest crossing the river. In the afternoon, an expert field guide will take you out to the grasslands to see giraffes, elephants and cheetahs at work. And when you’re out there, keep an eye out for the rocks — you might catch a lion guarding for lunch.
Camp Sarika at Amangiri
Canyon Point, Utah
There are only five tents that make up this camp, located just across a stretch of desert from Amangiri. They feel completely private; Your neighbors are mazes and canyons, glorious sunsets, the clicks and cries of birds and insects in the desert.
Do nothing, if you like, and spend the day overlooking the desert from your private plunge pool. Or explore the nooks and crannies of Lake Powell and ooh and aah at the rippling rock formations of Vermilion Cliffs. Camp Sarika is a few hours from Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Monument Valley if you’re up for a day trip deep into the desert (or if you’re planning a longer trip with stops along the way).
Sápmi . Nature Camp
Gällivare, Laponia, Sweden
The Sápmi Nature Camp is located in the Laponia region of northern Sweden, nearly 40 miles above the Arctic Circle. Yes, you can see the Northern Lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer. But coming here is also a master class in the culture of the Sámi people, who have been stewards of the local land and reindeer for millennia.
You will be in one of the five yet lavvu (tent) on the property. They are comfortable but cozy. You’ll be well fed: Gather for traditional Sámi meals — maybe cheese quiche, suovas (smoked reindeer meat), gurpi (reindeer sausage), pancakes with strawberry jam — at the cabin of founder Lennart Pittja. Much of the meat and fish is provided by the Pittja family, the reindeer herders in the area.
A visit to Sápmi Nature is intentional and not scheduled in advance. So take it slow: Walk into the woods for native berries and mushrooms. Put on a pair of cross-country skis and surf on the frozen lake. Or have Pittja guide you through the peaks and glaciers of Stora Sjöfallet National Park, where he’ll point out elk, eagles and other wildlife as they pass.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Nestled in the lush, old rainforest on Clayoquot Sound, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is so remote that getting there should be your first adventure. Board the motel’s private boat, Norwester, in the town of Tofino—it will take you across the fjord and drop you off at camp—or catch a single-engine seaplane from Vancouver to the edge of the property and be carried the rest of the way by horse and carriage. You’ll settle in one of 25 luxury tents nestled in the woods or perch on the edge of a verdant estuary.
You can spend each day hiking, horseback riding, fishing, foraging, kayaking or canyoning; visit the spa’s wood-burning sauna and hot tub; enjoy an outdoor cocktail; and settle down to eat something great — like super fresh ceviche, perfectly pickled veggies, and homemade ice cream — at the central motel.
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