Top 5 private plunge pools in East Africa

There is nothing better than heading back to camp for a quick dip in your private plunge pool after a long morning game drive. Plunge pools are hard to come by on safari in East Africa, but there are a select few properties that are home to arguably some of the best private plunge pools on the continent!

1. Singita Sasakwa

This property is certainly a contender for one of the most luxurious properties in Tanzania. Set on the exclusive Grumeti Reserve and owned and run by Singita, the lodge is nothing short of spectacular! On top of the incredible game viewing and luxurious manor accommodation, each room also has its own private plunge pool overlooking the entire western corridor of the Serengeti. When it comes to plunge pools, Singita Sasakwa is without doubt my pick of the properties in East Africa!


2. Ol Donyo Lodge

Ol Donyo Lodge is situated in Kenya, in the exclusive Chyulu Hills. Founded by Richard Bonham, who is well known for his role in wildlife conservation, the lodge is now owned and run by Great Plains Conservation. For those looking to experience the bush in luxury, this is the place to stay – each room is rustic in style and many have private plunge pools. Another bonus to staying at this camp is that each room provides the opportunity for guests to sleep under the stars in an incredible four-poster bed!

Ol Donyo

3. Sasaab

Sasaab is located in Samburu, in the private Westgate Community Conservancy. The lodge itself is styled in a Swahili–Moroccan theme and each room boasts its own private plunge pool overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River, which is the bloodline to the wildlife in the area. It is not uncommon to see elephant browsing the riverbanks. If that doesn’t impress you, the Spa will! SpaSaab offers a range of treatments for guests to enjoy in the uniquely designed spa room, which includes an incredible private pool. In terms of luxury, Sasaab would be my pick of the finest lodges in the Samburu region!


4. Kuria Hills Lodge

If you are heading to Tanzania and looking for something sumptuous, look no further than Kuria Hills. Owned and run by Lemala, this tented lodge has incredible rooms, with glass fronts boasting uninterrupted views of the northern Serengeti. Each room also has its own deck and private plunge pool. There is no better place to relax in between game drives than the lavish and great-value Kuria Hills!


5. Sala’s Camp

News travels quickly in Africa – Sala’s Camp’s recent make-over has already received rave reviews and is well worth checking out! Owned and run by The Safari Collection, Sala’s Camp has one of the best locations in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This camp is certainly the place to be at the start of the wildebeest Great Migration, when the herds begin to congregate towards the central plains of the Maasai Mara. For those looking for a stylish camp from which to watch the herds go by, Sala’s is perfect for you!


Julian Carter-Manning is a Co-founder and MD at Yellow Zebra Safaris.

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