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.
#10 Phinda Vlei Lodge (Phinda Private Reserve, South Africa)
Phinda Vlei Lodge has six glass-walled suites secreted away amongst the trees on the edge of a large vlei (wetland). Look forward to relaxed armchair game viewing as herds graze the lush vlei grass, and you may even find a thirsty elephant or impala drinking from your private plunge pool!
#9 Jamala Madikwe (Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa)
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 2015).
#8 The Motse (Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa)
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.
#7 Royal Malewane (Thornybush Private Reserve, South Africa)
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.
#6 Londolozi Private Granite Suites (Sabi Sands, South Africa)
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.
#5 King’s Pool Camp (Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana)
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.
#4 Singita Sasakwa Lodge (Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania)
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.
#3 Mombo Camp (Okavango Delta, Botswana)
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.
#2 Singita Lebombo (Private Kruger Reserve, South Africa)
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.
#1 Lion Sands Ivory Lodge (Sabi Sands, South Africa)
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.