Sinya: The hidden Texas oasis that thinks it's Africa



Need some time away? Don’t we all. Camping? Meh. Glamping? Yes, please. And in Texas, just a three-hour drive southwest from Dallas? This gets better.

During a safari circuit in Tanzania, Houston native Lynn Gallimore found herself in Sinya, a camp located just beneath Mount Kilimanjaro. A year later, Gallimore traded her hectic life and her Houston high-rise for five acres overlooking Lone Man Creek in Wimberley — population 2,743.

Today,her Sinya, named for that pivotal camp, is a two-person, African-inspired tent reserved year-round for glamorous camping. “It’s not about what everyone else is doing,” Gallimore says. “It’s about what you need.” Sinya is a place to reconnect with yourself and regroup in quiet luxury. The custom-built tent is equipped for even the most pampered campers. The immediate urge to settle in and settle down is sparked by the calming interior, which is outfitted with a ceiling draped in billowing ivory fabric and a floor made of near-extinct longleaf pine; Gallimore sanded and pickled each board by hand.

Everything you need is at your fingertips: a king-size bed dressed in goose-down pillows and high-thread-count bamboo sheets; a century-old claw-foot tub; a heated, al fresco shower. Everything here is perfectly appropriate. A cowhide tops the hardwood floor. Lanterns lead to an outdoor fire pit. The extras and toiletries have been carefully edited, too: The vegan shampoo and soaps are by the Switzerland-based brand Arbonne; organic chocolate and s’mores trimmings are provided for roasting your own; and the gourmet breakfasts and cheese plates are selected and prepared by Gallimore herself.

Reservations can be made online at, at $255 to $285 per night. Book as far in advance as possible because Sinya is already typically reserved three to four months out.

Our second recommendation? Squeeze in a massage and take a long nap on the outdoor hammock. The hummingbirds will keep it down while you snooze.


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