10 Most Luxurious Safari Lodges in Africa

Sit back and think of the most iconic wildlife destinations and safari lodges 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 world’s most luxurious safari lodges of Africa. 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)

Luxury villa at 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.

Wow factor: Contemporary villas invite you in for easy relaxation and an ultra luxrious safari experience.

Singita Lebombo (Private Kruger Reserve, South Africa)

Singita Lebombo suites leading onto a private deck and daybed

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. One of the best safari lodges in Africa, 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.

Wow factor: Dramatic cliffside setting, suites you won’t want to leave and an award-winning wine selection.

Angama Mara (Masai Mara, Kenya)

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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 lodge, 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.

Wow factor: Total guest flexibility and we can’t get enough of those Masai Mara views!

Tswalu (Kalahari, South Africa)

The firepit at Tswalu The Moste

One of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of The World”, Tswalu The Motse and Tswalu Tarkuni sit on the red desert sands of the Kalahari in South Africa’s largest private reserve. Set out on game drives, enjoy guided walks, horse riding, spend time with meerkats and opt to sleep under the stars in a comfortable king-size bed on the Molori sleep-out deck.

Wow factor: Privacy, exclusivity and the Kalahari’s unique wildlife from meerkats to black-maned lions.

Royal Malewane (Thornybush Private Reserve, South Africa)

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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.

Wow factor: Main Lodge has opulent interiors and a grand style – or choose the more contemporary Farmstead.

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 luxurious safari experience.

Wow factor: These beautiful suites offer true exclusivity, in a private reserve renowned for leopard sightings.

Singita Sasakwa Lodge (Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania)

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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.

Wow factor: Old word elegance offering a front-row seat to the 350,000-acre private Singita Grumeti Reserve.

Mombo Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana)

Main lounge at Mombo Camp

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.

Wow factor: Ultimate luxury in the best game viewing region of Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

Zarafa Camp (Selinda Reserve, Botswana)

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Botswana’s first and only Relais & Chateaux property, Zarafa is an exquisite tented camp in Selinda. This game-rich private reserve forms a vital corridor linking the Okavango Delta and Chobe. Cocooned in canvas, each of the four tents has a large bedroom, full lounge and open-layout bathroom with a copper clawfoot bathtub, and both indoor and outdoor showers.

Wow factor: Environmentally innovative camp in an unrivalled location.

Molori Safari Lodge (Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa)

Mets Presidential Suite at Molori Safari Lodge

Molori Safari Lodge has five villa-sized suites each furnished with antiques, Persian carpets and dripping chandeliers. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors give way to spacious wooden decks, and all the pools have a built-in Jacuzzi. You may come back from your game drive to find a bottle of Champagne chilling on ice, and the food is excellent!

Wow factor: Excellent attention to detail and wonderful, five-star service.

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