10 Most Luxurious Safari Lodges in Africa

Sit back and think of the most iconic wildlife destinations in Africa. What about the stunning natural diversity and big game of the Sabi Sands? Or the savannahs of the Serengeti with its migrating herds and stealthy predators. Perhaps you have in mind the sparkling waters of the Okavango Delta, a green oasis, that’s a magnet for Botswana’s thirsty animals.

This is Africa, wild and remote.

And it’s here, in far-flung corners of these incredible reserves that you’ll find some of the continents top safari lodges. Prepare for apartment-sized suites and private pools, fine dining and vintage wine, untouched beauty and thrilling adventures – as you explore the African wilderness in the company of your expert guide.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge (Sabi Sands, South Africa)

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Honeymoon favourite Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is an astonishingly beautiful lodge with six utterly private and spacious villas. Staying here your personal butler is always on hand; ready to bring you coffee and oven-fresh pastries in the morning, and ensure that the champagne is always on ice.

Singita Lebombo (Private Kruger Reserve, South Africa)

Singita Lebombo Lodge

Singita Lebombo sits at the pinnacle of the luxury safari experience: imagine chic, loft-style living in a private Kruger concession famed for Big 5 sightings. Everything about Lebombo Lodge lives up to Singita’s high standards from the understated elegance of the décor to the highly skilled trackers and guides.

Angama Mara (Masai Mara, Kenya)

Angama Mara

Angama Mara has glass-fronted suites, the Masai Mara plains stretching out below you as far as the eye can see! At this award-winning luxury camp you can’t help but feel part of a warm and close-knit family. Each day’s activities are tailored around you: enjoy a full morning of game viewing with a delicious picnic breakfast or opt to lie in and catch up with the wildlife later.

Tswalu The Motse (Kalahari, South Africa)

Tswalu The Motse

One of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of The World”, Tswalu Motse sits on the red sands of the Kalahari in South Africa’s largest private reserve. Built from stone, clay and thatch, the nine suites each feature a fireplace in the bedroom, an outdoor shower, and a sundeck with wide desert views.

Royal Malewane (Thornybush Private Reserve, South Africa)

Royal Malewane

Royal Malewane strikes that perfect balance between stylish splendour and a relaxed, put-your-feet-up atmosphere. Each chalet is blissfully private, service is impeccable, the game drives never fail to deliver up-close wildlife sightings, and their award-winning safari spa is one of the best in Africa.

Londolozi Private Granite Suites (Sabi Sands, South Africa)

Londolozi Private Granite Suites

This elegant and exclusive lodge has just three suites, each opening onto a heated infinity pool with magnificent views of the Sand River. Londolozi was the first game reserve in the world to be given Relais & Châteaux status, and continues to lead the way in the luxury African safari experience.

King’s Pool Camp (Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana)

Kings Pool Camp

The super luxurious Kings Pool Camp has nine tented suites set around a beautiful oxbow lagoon. Each suite has plenty of private space, the main lounge and dining areas are set on expansive decks, there’s a colonial-style barge for sunset river cruises and a boma for fine dining under the stars.

Singita Sasakwa Lodge (Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania)

Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Singita Sasakwa offers a private slice of the Serengeti. This Edwardian-style lodge and stone cottages are decorated with hand-crafted furniture and crystal chandeliers, but even these opulent interiors can’t complete with the incredible views stretching out across the seemingly endless plains.

Mombo Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana)

Mombo Camp in the Okavango

Award-winning Mombo Camp sits tucked amongst the trees on Chief’s Island in the game-packed Moremi Reserve. Between thrilling game drives, you relax in luxury in your beautiful suite or nap on the daybed of your thatched gazebo while buffalo and impala graze on the floodplains below you.

Jamala Madikwe (Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa)

Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge

Jamala Madikwe, Royal Safari Lodge overlooks a busy waterhole in South Africa’s malaria-free Madikwe Reserve. Owner-run and managed, this 5-villa luxury lodge places a strong emphasis on personalised service and exceptional cuisine (winner of “Best Safari Cuisine”, Safari Awards).

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