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A safari in Africa is a most memorable experience. From stunning landscapes stretching across the horizon to some of the most amazing wildlife on earth – big or small, Africa is home to all. You can have a thrilling bush adventure from rustic, down-to-earth, rugged tents to luxury, 5-Star villas and suites. We’ve drawn up a list of our all-time favourite luxury accommodations in Africa. If you’re yearning for a true adventure, have a look at our Top African Lodges.
Set deep within the Hwange National Park, Nehimba Safari Lodge is one of Zimbabwe’s most popular lodges. Nehimba is located on a private concession in a remote area of the national park, ensuring that travellers enjoy privacy and a sense of serenity. The lodge comprises of nine thatched tents that are elevated on teak decks, and all nine suites have stunning views of the lodge pan, where wildlife frequent. This pan is a favourite spot for African elephants, which makes for fantastic photographs. Between the mopane woodlands and the Kalahari sandveld, the lodge is in a prime wildlife viewing area, and one can observe unique and beautiful flora over and above the scores of animals in the area.
Within the Moremi Game Reserve of Botswana is the luxurious Mombo Camp’s private concession, known for being a land of plenty for safari-goers – from wildlife to lifestyle. Look over the Okavango Delta in a spacious luxury tent raised about 2 metres above the ground, allowing the animals to pass through beneath the camp. Comfort is a guarantee with wooden floors, a lounge area, en suite bathroom, an additional outdoor shower, and a private deck, not to mention facilities to both swim and gym. Home to all of the Big 5, Mombo Camp takes pride in its large Moporota lion pride and its dedicated photography hide, and while it is the ideal honeymoon destination, it also boasts what is called the Bush Buddy programme to both entertain and educate younger guests. All in all, a stay at the Mombo Camp is set to please in every sense.
Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a World Heritage Site, owing in part to the Ngorongoro Crater – the largest unbroken caldera in the world. It is here that you will find the distinctive &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge. Surrounded by an unforgettable landscape, the local Maasai culture’s traditional design and architecture used for the exteriors are perfectly juxtaposed by opulent and luxurious interiors in rich and royal colours and materials. Expect butler service, chandeliers, antiques, and Persian carpets while in your living quarters, and sightings of members of the Big 5, beautiful scenery, and an immersion into the local culture while out and about. This is a unique experience that is surreal in every way – a destination dreams are made of.
Bordering the Volcanoes National Park and atop an extinct volcano is the extravagant Bisate Lodge. Being the first of its kind in Rwanda and mixing ecotourism with luxury and wildlife with culture, you are sure to be enriched on all levels from your visit here. The park is most famous for its very special gorilla trekking expeditions, where guests come face-to-face with groups of magnificent mountain gorillas. Golden monkeys are also very popular, as is a hike to Dian Fossey’s grave and the ruins of her Karisoke Research Centre. Have your stay in beautiful traditionally-inspired suites with equally beautiful views, while enjoying top luxury comforts, from cosy fireplaces to beauty therapy. There are few better ways to experience heritage and nature.
Just one of the many prides of Namibia is the Namib Desert, which is considered to be the oldest desert in the world. Where this desert meets the Naukluft Mountains within the Namib-Naukluft National Park is Sossusvlei, which is famous for having the most breath-taking skylines during sunset. This makes the &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge an ideal choice, with villas of stone and glass giving you a window to the vast desert and all its wonder, flora and fauna. The villas are extremely luxurious, with air-conditioning and fireplaces, outdoor showers and star-viewing skylights, and a private veranda. After a hot air balloon safari over the desert, dining on the distinct red dunes, and stargazing under the dark night sky, you will leave this lodge utterly mesmerised.
The Chobe Game Lodge is the only safari lodge to be located within the Chobe National Park, wherein game and wildlife are attracted to the great Chobe River in abundance. Although the pride of this park is its large number of elephants, rest assured there will be many more beautiful beasts to feast your eyes on during your safari. Live in luxury in rustic suites with river-facing terraces, and when you are not searching for the Big 5 on a game drive safari, view an African sunset from a boat on that very river. Experience colour, warmth, indulgence and nature’s beauty in all forms at this exclusive lodge.
A harmonious holiday hideout in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in the south east side of Zimbabwe, the Singita Pamushana Lodge is where it is easy to find bliss. Guests are promised a 5-Star experience while knowing that the lodge prioritises ecotourism, conservation, and sustainability. Over and above an all-round safari experience, you and your family can enjoy the gym, swimming pool, spa and golf course, and archery, yoga, fishing and San rock site visits. With so much to fill your day, it is only fitting to bring it to a close with a sundowner cruise along the dam below the lodge, while watching the splendid wildlife sip from the dam. All that is left is to retreat to your spacious villa or suite, where you can view the animals through a Swarovski spotting scope as you plan your next day.
Overlooking Namibia’s ever-popular Etosha National Park and on the crest of a hill in the Ongava Private Game Reserve is Little Ongava Lodge – one of the most exclusive lodges in the country, with only three villas, all of which exude luxury. Each villa overlooks the busy waterhole, and includes a private deck and pool, fireplace, en suite, and outdoor shower. You can experience both day safaris and night safaris within the game reserve and at Etosha National Park. There is a large variety of wildlife to view here, from majestic predators like lions and cheetahs to the more gentle elephants and buck. And you will not only find the endangered white rhino and black rhino here, but you will also be able to do a guided rhino tracking on foot. Privacy, seclusion and natural beauty makes this lodge the ideal place for a honeymoon or for those looking for a complete getaway.
True to its name which means ‘suspended in mid-air’, Angama Mara sits at the peak of Kenya’s part of the Great Rift Valley, while looking over the famous Maasai Mara National Park. Each luxury tent gives you an unforgettable view of this as you watch hot balloons float through the skyline or observe the annual Great Wildebeest Migration across the Mara River. Enjoy a personal bar in your tent or experience a unique garden-to-table meal, made freshly from the lodge’s own mini farm. Agama Mara does tailor-made safari plans and takes pride in allowing guests to have as busy or relaxed a time as they would like, ensuring the ultimate vacation for all.
Matetsi Victoria Falls is a river lodge that resides just 40km upriver from one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls. The lodge owns a 15km stretch of the Zambezi River, the 4th longest river in Africa, and its stunning sheltered villas face the river bank for a view to remember and a sound to soothe the soul. Enjoy world-class hospitality in luxury villas designed with both modern and traditional architectural and artistic influences. Choose from Zambezi River cruises, day and night game drives, walking safaris, bird-watching, and more. When you aren’t out and about, make use of your private pool and deck to savour the seclusion at this hidden gem of a lodge.
Transport yourself to another time, another world – to Giraffe Manor on the outskirts on Nairobi, Kenya. Tucked away within an indigenous forest, what is now an iconic boutique hotel known for its tower of resident Rothschild giraffes, was built in the style of a Scottish hunting hotel in 1932. Today, you can spend a few nights at this manor to enjoy the charm of a bygone era, in décor, design, and lifestyle, all while sharing your breakfast with a few giraffes as they curiously peruse your plate for some spoils. Solo travellers, couples, and families will have opportunities to interact with these gentle giants, venture to the nearby Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum, or enjoy an afternoon high tea and pre-dinner drinks in the drawing room. Giraffe Manor promises an unrivalled experience unlike any safari that will feel as though it is straight out of a novel.
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