Best African Safari Lodges
With so many luxury African safaris and lodges for you to choose from, finding the best can be tougher than spotting a pangolin, so we’ve selected ten of our favourites for you to start with.
If you have any special accommodation requests in South or East Africa, contact us today and an experienced travel consultant will help you get the best rates available.
LION SANDS IVORY LODGE
The lodge is one of Africa’s most sophisticated with a timeless design that incorporates thatch, glass, wood, steel, water and sand to create a lodge like no other.
The lodge comprises 8 luxuriously appointed single villas and one double-suite villa.
The villas overlook the Sabie River from an elevated position so you don’t have to worry about animals strolling in whilst you enjoy the sounds of the bush.
The lodge is priced from $713 per person sharing, per night in low season.
SINGITA FARU FARU
SINGITA FARU FARU
Tanzania – Serengeti
The Singita Faru Faru Lodge is located in the Grumeti area in northern Tanzania and forms part of the world-renowned Serengeti Mara ecosystem, home to the Great Migration.
Singita Faru Faru lodge is unique in it’s style and reminds us of a traditional botanists camp, with quirky practicality and a mix of organic yet contemporary style.
The lodge enjoys very close proximity to the river and plains, so you will enjoy an intimate wilderness experience.
Singita Faru Faru is priced from $1,270 per person in the low season.
Botswana – Okavango Delta
Mombo Camp is fondly referred to as “The Place of Plenty” as it is considered one of the best areas for wildlife in Africa.
Here you will enjoy a newly rebuilt camp that retains its 30 year history and proud conservation purpose.
The camp consists of nine large, luxury tented suites elevated above the ground.
Each suite offers you a private veranda with views over the floodplain, a private plunge pool for cooling off on hot days, an inside sitting room, bedroom and bathroom, complete with indoor and outdoor showers.
Highlight attractions at Mombo Camp include bountiful hunting grounds for prides of leopard and lion and some of the best big game viewing in all of Africa.
Mombo Camp rates start at $1,348 per person sharing, nightly.
Zambia – Near Victoria Falls
Royal Chundu lodge is situated a few minutes from Victoria Falls, a world heritage site, on the mighty Zambezi River.
The Island Lodge at Royal Chundu is the most exclusive of the two lodges and is located on Katambura Private Island.
The lodge comprises just four small villas offering a discreet setting for you to enjoy with a group of friends, or as a couple.
A unique feature of these villas is the private bath on the deck, as you can see in the picture above. This is one of the best ways you could ever end a day, soaking in your private oasis as the world floats by.
The nearby Victoria Falls area offers you a wide range of activities including helicopter tours of the falls, tiger fishing, river rafting, sunset cruises, bungee jumping, safaris and more.
Kenya – Masai Mara
If you want to experience endless views of game over the distant horizons of the Masai Mara and Serengeti plains, then the unspoiled setting that Cottars is situated on is the perfect location for you.
The Camp boasts its own private 6,000 acre private conservancy and is only 1km (0.6miles) from the Masai Mara game reserve.
Cottars camp comprises 10 luxury tents with one honeymoon tent, five family suites and five double tents.
If you want to experience the golden age of sari with a throwback style environment, the combination of marquee tents, attentive staff and antique furnishings should be on your bucket list.
Cottars 1920 is priced from $571 per person sharing, nightly, in the low season.
This exquisite lodge has been voted in the top 50 resorts in the world according to Conde Naste traveler, the yardstick of luxury.
This classic yet elegant lodge is located in the greater Kruger Park and exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone era.
Royal Malewane additionally includes an award winning spa where you can soothe your mind, body and soul after a wildlife safari in the most animal dense park in all of Africa.
Royal Malewane provides a luxurious yet intimate experience for you to experience, with just 6 luxury suites, two royal suites and an exclusive six bedroom bush villa.
Royal Malewane is priced from $1,593 per person sharing and reservations are recommended at least 6 months in advance.
Singita Pamushana Lodge is currently closed and reopens in May, but this unique hilltop lodge is still worth mentioning, as you need to book several months in advance regardless.
Singita Pamushana lodge is located in a 130,000 acre reserve and is the ecotourism arm of the not-for-profit Malilangwe Trust, created to protect and manage the extraordinary wilderness area next to the Gonarezhou National Park.
The forest-like lodge is set amongst hundreds of baobab trees and is inspired the culture of the Shangaan people.
There are 6 palatial suites and one stunning 5-bedroom villa, each with private plunge pools, panoramic views and luxurious furnishings.
Rates at Singita Pamushana are priced from $1,585 per person nightly, fully inclusive.
LION SANDS NARINA
LION SANDS NARINA
South Africa – Kruger Park
Imagine an African safari lodge perched among a canopy of 100 year old trees, overlooking the Sabie River, in the style of a luxurious treehouse.
Sounds perfect, right?
Well if you are one of the lucky few who can afford this level of accommodation, Lion Sands Narina lodge could be your ideal location in the wildlife-dense Kruger National Park.
Each of the 9 luxury suites offer complete privacy and boast a plunge pool overlooking the river, a perfect setting to unwind and let your thoughts wander free.
Lion Sands Narina is priced from $713 per person sharing, nightly, and is thus one of the best value offers on the top 10 list.
The Okavango Delta is a World Heritage Site and one of the finest safaris settings in all of Africa.
This contemporary retreat comprises two satellite camps, consisting of 14 rooms in total.
Each large, luxuriously appointed room is elevated from the ground and offers you indoor and outdoor showers, en-suite bathroom, a lounge area with iconic floodplain views and a private plunge pool.
A unique experience at Vumbura is that you can enjoy game viewing on land or water, within an area teeming with bird and wildlife.
Vumbura Plains is priced from $913 per person sharing nightly, in the low season.
The camp is situated in the Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania, where you can enjoy the thrill of the Serengeti.
The camp comprises 9 tented suites all lavishly furnished and boasting a treasure trove of antiques, original furniture, artefacts, Persian rugs, Zanzibari chests, brass and silverware.
The tented camp amenities are also world-class and feature a spa, gym faciities, swimming pool and all the amenities you are accustomed too in and amongst the wildlife of the Serengeti. A truly unique experience!
Singita Sabora is priced from $1,270 per person sharing, nightly.
Botswana – Makgadikgadi
This luxury-tented camp located in the Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana, is reminiscent of a 1940’s style safari camp. Each tent offers en-suite facilities, a private veranda and alfresco shower.
The main lodge overlooks breathtaking landscapes where you can enjoy an African-themed library and comfortable sitting area.
Jack’s Camp is also steeped in cultural experiences and allows you to participate in an eight-night initiation hunt, in the spirit of the Bushmen.
Kenya – Maasai Mara
Angama Safari Lodge in Kenya is an owner-run property located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, overlooking the Maasai Mara.
Angama consists of elegant tented suites with a glass frontage offering impeccable views from the bed, bath, sitting area and shower.
Each tented suite is in excess of 100 sqm and includes spacious wooden viewing decks.
Rates per person nightly at Angama start at $1,200 in low season.
SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE
SOSSUSVLEI DESERT LODGE
Namibia – Namib Desert
The Lodge is located in the Namib Desert and is an ideal setting to reconnect with yourself and nature.
If you are looking for sheer luxury surrounded by mountains and sand dunes in total tranquility, this is the lodge for you.
Ten air-conditioned suites are luxuriously appointed with all the creature comforts you are accustomed to.
The Guest areas of the lodge flow into vast desert views and the natural building materials blend with the idyllic surroundings.
If you are a passionate stargazer, this is a must-visit lodge if you can enjoy luxury, tranquility and open spaces.
Botswana – Okavango Delta
Chiefs Camp is located in the heart of the Okavango Delta and is the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi.
The camp has since been remodeled into a luxury destination set amidst an abundance of wildlife and wilderness.
Chiefs Camp offers more than luxury and wildlife safaris however, they also offer the traditional Mokoro (dug out canoe) safaris.
These waterway safaris afford you the opportunity of an intimate safari experience as you can get close to the animals as they come to the riverbanks for water.
If you are looking for the “Safari Chic” experience in one of Africa’s most incredible safari settings, visit Chiefs Camp.
South Africa – Sabi Sand
Set along the banks of the Sand River in a private reserve within the Sabi Sand, Singita Boulders is a lodge that celebrates space, light and tranquility.
The lodge consists of 12 suites in total. Each features glass walls to give you a submersed in nature experience.
The wildlife found in the private reserve offers some of the best game viewing in Africa, with all of the Big Five on display here, as well as many more favourites and an abundance of bird life.
Thank you for taking the time to browse our collection of remarkable African Safari lodges.
We will be adding more to the list in the coming weeks.
If you are interested in booking a luxury safari at any of these, please contact one of our super friendly consultants and you will get the best rates in Africa.
Until next time, we wish you all the best from Africa.