South Africa has always been one of the top safari destinations in the world, offering unrivalled Big 5 viewing opportunities and stunning, lavish safari accommodations. The selection of safari lodges available to travellers is extensive, ranging from ultra-luxurious, to rustic, intimate, charming and family-friendly. A South African safari promises absolute comfort, thrilling wildlife and scenic views as well as tranquillity and in the dense African bushland. Have a look at our top South African safari lodges and join us on a South African safari holiday!
1Situated along Klaserie River is the beautiful Kapama Karula, a truly enchanting safari getaway. The accommodation comprises of five luxury suites that are spacious and lavishly decorated and come fully equipped. The glass doors open up to the riverbank and provide a stunning view to wake up to. Facilities include a lounge area where guests can relax, a bar and a library – safari activities are available.
radiates calmness and depicts the pinnacle of the ultimate luxury five-star safari accommodation.
2The beautiful Tsala Treetop Lodge is set amongst a lush indigenous forest in the Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay. The lodge has a stone-masonry entrance, surrounded by water, which leads guests into the grand foyer. Tsala is comprised of 10 Treetop Suites and a further 6 Treetop Villas, all lavish and decorated with neutral, earthy colours, blending in seamlessly to the surrounds. Guests can enjoy the endless views from the expansive wooden decks, which overlook the forest below, as well as from the dining room and lounge, which is encased in tall glass windows. Enjoy a secluded getaway, at the charming and romantic Tsala Treetop Lodge.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve is a premier safari and holiday destination in South Africa’s ecologically and culturally significant Eastern Cape Province.
3Guests are accommodated in twelve spacious suites, subtly decorated in neutral colours with enchanting splashes of African tradition, from the ornate wall lamps to the comfortable textured pillows. Large french doors run the length of the room to let the beautiful outside wilderness in, on your terms; an expansive deck overlooks the Nwaswitsontso river or Savannah Grasslands with a jacuzzi or outdoor pool to complete your leisure bush experience. Relax on the sunbed with a book or let those bubbles soothe your weary muscles; the chattering of weavers, thrushes and kingfishers providing a magical bush playlist for your relaxation.
exclusive lodge in the world-renowned Kruger National Park with magnificent views of the wilderness beyond.
4Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge has been built in an ideal location right in the heart of the Sabi Sabi bushveld, and is famous for its fantastic suites that are artistically decorated in an African theme, top-class service and luxurious attributes. The Bush Lodge is surrounded by fabulous viewing decks that look out onto a waterhole where many of the reserve’s fascinating animals can be sighted. The African plains spread out beyond, creating the most wonderful backdrop for dining and relaxation.
Deep in the bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an open plain, lies a lodge that pulses to the rhythm of Africa’s heartbeat.
5The stylish suites are individually decorated and very private, ideal for honeymooners, couples and families. It is a family run lodge with a very homely atmosphere. Great care has been taken to balance unpretentious style with complete comfort when it comes to the Chitwa Suites. Each of the six individually decorated suites open onto a private lake-view deck with its own private plunge pool, framed by a spacious timber deck that overlooks the nearby lake – a popular drinking hole for our wealth of wildlife.
Allow your senses to be lured into a passionate balance of African chic and environmental harmony.
6Nestled in a canopy of trees and overlooking the vast bushland is the elegant Ulusaba Safari Lodge, a place where guests can relax amongst the wildest nature Africa has to offer. There are eleven luxurious suites that offer gorgeous views over the African bushveld, and even of the wildlife, including the Big Five, that passes by. This creates a magnificent on-safari feeling twenty-four hours a day. Each of the tree-houses are positioned for the best views of their natural surroundings, but the magnificent Treehouse Suite overlooks the Xikwenga Dam where many animals come to bathe and cool down.
Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba Safari Lodge is located beneath a canopy of ancient trees on the edge of a dry riverbed.
7This un-fenced safari camp is truly stunning and provides guests with undisturbed views of the incredible willdife that roam freely throughout the reserve. The Sand River can be seen from the camp as well, a beautiful backdrop to your safari adventure. Accommodation consists of 8 luxury suites and 10 luxury rooms with 1 single room – all rooms are lavishly decorated and come fully equipped. Every aspect of the MalaMala Main Camp is designed to appreciate and enjoy the view of the surrounding wilds. Pathways wind their way along the perimeter of the camp to reveal individual ochre colored units tucked into the greenery which flanks the Sand River. Massive trees and rolling green lawns are filled with birdsong, with the occasional antelope or elephant which seeks the succulence of greenery.
consistently produces the most exciting wildlife experience this side of the equator! The Safari Industry’s blueprint to the luxury photographic safari.
8Motswari Private Game Reserve is exclusive in that we never have more than 30 guests present at any one time, providing a more serene environment for our visitor’s African experience. With 15 luxury-appointed en-suite bungalows, each with air-conditioning, and all offering unrivalled bush views, guests enjoy a high level of comfort which complements our level of service excellence. The naturally-furnished interiors of each bungalow reflect the wonders of nature that exist just outside the windows.
one that is defined by extraordinary scenery, an authentic atmosphere and warm hospitality.
9Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a masterpiece of African design with something unique and mystical around every corner, while beautiful African patterns perfectly complement the lodge’s gorgeous surroundings. Large viewing decks between the buildings provide ideal areas from which guests can submerge themselves in the beauty of the wilderness. Lukimbi Safari Lodge is in a lovely, high position above the Lwakahle River, which provides a feeling of safety and tranquillity for guests. Attractive, raised walkways lead the way to the guests’ luxury suites.
indulgent, relaxing, and rejuvenating. It is all about enjoying comfort, breathtaking beauty, delicious food, and sensational pampering.
10Whilst the size of the Lodge attracts special gatherings, the configuration of the self-contained luxury suites provides for privacy and solitude for couples and smaller groups visiting this special Lodge. Whether you are a couple looking for an exclusive, romantic, private safari; a family looking to occupy your little ones or a Group with a diverse range of requirements, Thornybush Game Lodge is the place. Thornybush Game Lodge also hosts a sixty seater conference centre located conveniently about a two minutes walk from the Lodge reception area. A state of the art newly constructed beauty spa facility tops the agenda for discerning guests visiting this well known Lodge.
a truly personalised, secluded wilderness experience – a seamless blend of Big Five encounters and 5-star luxury that restores body and soul.
11 Boasting a name that means tranquil, andBeyond Tengile River Lodge features nine delicate floating suites that looks out over the river from the dappled shelter of a cool forest. Following the curve of the river bank, each area in the lodge will offer magnificent river views. Raised above ground level, the spacious suites offers sunken lounges, elegant bedrooms and bathrooms that open out onto the forest, creating private spaces in the open air. Cleverly designed living areas can be converted to cater for children’s sleeping arrangements at night. A beautiful spa and gym area offer a haven of tranquility where guests can spend the entire day relaxing in between game drives.
tranquility where guests can spend the entire day relaxing in between game drives.