Treehouse in Taznania, lake manyara safari

Hi, I’m Misha. Welcome to my luxury wilderness travel blog.

I seek out intimate luxury travel experiences that provide guests with a deep connection to nature. Whether it be a wilderness lodge, wildlife safari, guest ranch, or farm stay, I will show you the best that each outdoor-focused destination has to offer.

The Cottars Safari Camp Bush Villa is like nothing you’ll ever find elsewhere. It is an oasis of luxury on 6,000 acres. All of which are a part of their privately-owned Kenyan conservancy. The property is located deep within the Maasai Mara, which has been dubbed the 8th Wonder of the World. Here, lush greenery and flowing rivers attract the richest diversity of mammals on earth. As you can imagine, close up views of exotic wild animals are a common affair in these parts.

The ultra-luxe Africa specialist and Travel + Leisure #2 safari outfitter in the world, ROAR AFRICA, is now taking bookings for the Inaugural Flavors of a Rainbow Nation culinary and cultural journey. Hosted by ROAR AFRICA CEO and founder Deborah Calmeyer and acclaimed New York Chef Dan Kluger, this magical farm-to-table and safari experience offers a total immersion into the cuisine, culture and personality of South Africa.

“The game lodge at the top of the world.” Ngorongoro Crater Lodge shines like an African palace on the edge of the crater rim. Maasai meets Versailles at this atypical safari lodge at the top of the world. Its one-of-a-kind location on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater amazes with an equally unique design style. Daringly glamorous, the award-winning lodge (fit for a king and queen) stands out from the other properties on a northern Tanzania itinerary. Go ahead and get lost in the fanciful setting where the wild roam. The crater floor is a bowl of plenty, famous for black rhinos, black-maned lions and elephants with giant tusks.

Set within the boroughs of an ancient mahogany forest, this treehouse in Tanzania provides a unique setting for a safari adventure. It is the only permanent lodge in Lake Manyara National Park, which makes your stilted treetop experience even more exclusive. The park itself is a small, yet diverse wilderness area from the Rift Valley soda lake to the lush woodlands and steep mountainsides. Be on the lookout for pink flamingos, tree-climbing lions and large elephant families. This is what Lake Manyara is known for.

Wake up to gorgeous views at Singita Sasakwa Lodge. This Tanzania safari lodge sits on top of a hill and overlooks the iconic Serengeti plains. Singita Sasakwa Lodge is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious safari lodges in Africa. Set in the private Grumeti Reserve, the lodge offers total seclusion at the top of a scenic African hillside. Here, breathtaking views greet guests over the Serengeti plains below. From private villas with infinity swimming pools to massive verandahs, this Tanzania safari lodge brings the wonders of the Serengeti up close.

“If God were a camper, he would choose Singita Sabora Tented Camp,” says one of the past guests in a review that caught my attention. “Truly heaven on Earth,” says another. When hotel reviews sound like personal little love notes more than anything else, that is a sign of a special place. Singita Sabora Tented Camp is one of those places. Its glamping safari location is in the middle of 350,000 acres of unfenced wild territory. Here, animals wander freely through the 1920s-style camp with all sorts of antique treasures to discover.

Singita Grumeti Faru Faru Lodge: A place to ‘live in the now’ in a contemporary safari setting out of a home decor magazine. With interiors that wow and wildlife encounters to impress the most seasoned safari goer, Singita Grumeti Faru Faru is the epitome of luxury in the African bush. Set on the banks of the Grumeti River in northern Tanzania, the private reserve forms part of the greater Serengeti ecosystem. Its location on the wildebeest migration path provides guests with a front row seat to the “World Cup of Wildlife" every year. Yet, you don’t have to step into a 4x4 to see animals big and small. A watering hole in front of the lodge is a hangout spot for elephants, warthogs and more!

Appropriately translated, Mahali Mzuri means a “beautiful place” in Swahili. This uniquely designed tented Kenyan property is just that, a beautiful place. Owned by Sir Richard Branson, it is part of the Virgin Limited Edition hotel collection. Mahali Mzuri is located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy. Guests can witness herds of wildlife directly from their bathtub, bedroom, and private deck.

Warm desert breezes and vast open spaces. Remoteness, quiet, and that feeling of truly being away from it all. Bright orange sand dunes, painted views, and the wildlife: truly spectacular. Even better is to experience all of this magic with Wolwedans, the most luxurious and unique place to stay in Namibia. A place where every need is tended to by the warm and welcoming staff. A place where there are no crowds, no disturbances, and generally not many other guests. The pace of life is as slow as you want it to be. Yet the adventure that beckons is wild! This place is my dream come true.

In the heart of Kruger National Park, sits a private safari villa called Africa House. Part of the Royal Portfolio, this villa brings together the intimate romance of South Africa in one of the most luxurious accommodations in the bush. A world away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas, you can spot wildlife right outside your bedroom window. The experience at Royal Malewane's Luxury Safari Lodge is unrivaled and a look into this private safari villa will reveal the magic that lives here.