Hot Spot: Puku Ridge Camp, Zambia
This newly opened lodge is located in South Luangwa National Park, a remote part of southern Africa where tourists are few but wildlife plentiful. Visitors travel an hour by plane from the capital, Lusaka, then drive two hours to the hillside property.
Rooms: Each of the six spacious tents has its own private deck overlooking the Luangwa flood plains—perfect for game-viewing. The en suite bathrooms feature luscious Africology products (doubles from $1,146 per night, full board).
Dining: The hearty, healthy meals are regularly interrupted by sightings of elephant and water buffalo. Morning game drives are punctuated by coffee stops, complete with cookies and brownies. At sunset, guests enjoy cocktails in the bush overlooking waterholes teeming with hippo. For an elegant supper in colonial-style surroundings, the Chichele Presidential Lodge is just a short ride away.
Amenities: Guests venture out on game drives in customized viewing vehicles to spot lion, leopard and the rare gray-crested crane. But best of all are walking safaris, accompanied by armed park rangers and tracking guides.
Service: The staff is friendly and hospitable, from the waiter who delivers tea at dawn to the night watchman who protects guests from prowling lions. No children under 12.