So, you’ve visited the best tropical beach destinations and checked in to most of the luxurious ski resorts in the west. You’ve even gone on a forest retreat and experienced leafy nature at its best. So what’s next? African safari lodges.
Granted, there are many types of safari destinations around the world, but nothing quite compares to being in the heart of the African safari. Imagine waking up to a view of the bushes: a tower of giraffes grazing, a herd of elephants cooling themselves in the waterhole, running wildebeest, and more — all within a stone’s throw away. Unlike going to a zoo, being in a safari means you get to witness these beasts in their natural habitat and not caged up in a makeshift environment. At that moment, you are in their territory.
While that sounds a little too close for comfort, fret not — safari expeditions are usually conducted by an experienced safari guide who is able to read the animal’s body language and know if danger is imminent. That is something you don’t need to worry about when you engage a safari expedition directly from a reputable safari lodge.
Days begin early when you’re holidaying in a safari lodge. After all, you’re here to see the wildlife during their most active moments and that won’t do if you’re sleeping in. Thankfully, the rest of the days is yours to luxuriate in your opulent surroundings. Read a book, enjoy afternoon tea, or take a dip in the pool and continue watching the wildlife graze — you deserve it.
Click through the gallery to see our top seven picks of the most luxurious African safari lodges out there. Be sure to tap the (+) to read more about each of them.
Chinzombo is one of the newer additions to Zambia and boasts enormous villas in supposedly the best game viewing locations of the South Luangwa. Each of the six villas in Chinzombo has an excellent bush and riverfront views and its own private plunge pool. You can even soak in the bathtub whilst watching wildlife.
Situated along the banks of Klaserie River in Limpopo, Kapama Karula is a luxury safari lodge befitting the Kapama Game Reserve. Despite being in the thick of the game reserve, Kapama Karula exudes a sense of peace and serenity within its “walls”. Its interior utilises whitewashed wood and contemporary African motifs with plenty of glass make its space look expansive. There are 12 suites in the lodge.
As its name suggests, the Londolozi Private Granite Suites is situated in an area of the African safari that has plenty of granite: Sabi Sands, Kruger. Specifically, the some of the suites overlook the granite rocks of Sabi River. The suites itself take on a similar outlook, finished with stone walls and polished concrete, boasting an overall colour palette of chic grey.
Also located in Kruger National Park is the Royal Malewane, boasting a classic safari lodge interior of light wood. The opulent elegance of the Royal Malewane is further amplified with its emphasis on personalised services including private game drives, dining experiences, and butler services.
Tswalu Kalahari in the Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest private game reserve measuring at 110,000 hectares. Within the reserve is Tswalu Tarkuni, a luxury safari lodge. It is as luxurious as it is exclusive, as only 30 guests are allowed to explore the area at any given time — part of the conservation efforts of the game reserve’s owners.
Bring glamping to a whole new level at Zarafa Dhow Suites in Selina, Botswana. This intimate lodging at the Selina Private Game Reserve is doused in warm wood tones and elegant leather furniture. The white linen ceilings bring to mind a luxurious-style tent — minus the actual hassle of camping.
Bring your sustainability values with you even when you travel on safari. At the Singita Mara River Tented Camp, they’re all about sustainable tourism. The safari lodge operates on a custom-designed solar system for power, and uses natural recyclable materials whenever possible. Even its interior pieces have been made by local artisans, including art pieces by young African designers and craftsmen.