The Top 10 Luxury African Safari Lodges
Londolozi Private Granite Suites, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
The 5-star Londolozi Private Granite Suites are located centrally in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. The suites are set on the banks of the Sand River, offering a tranquil river experience. This exclusive lodge offers its guests an intimate experience, with only 3 private suits which house 6 guests in total. Each suite is naturally yet elegantly designed, integrating elements of nature with a modern touch. Massive windows and doors open out onto the deck, where incredible views of the riverbed can be seen. Each suite has a large bedroom and lounge area, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower and bathtub overlooking the water. There is also air-conditioning, mosquito nets, a minibar, an outdoor seating area, and a private outdoor heated swimming pool. Activities such as yoga, pilates, trail running, fishing and animal tracking expeditions are offered, and there is also an extravagant spa and gym on the premises. This exclusive luxury lodge offers its guests a once in a lifetime safari experience, with dedicated game rangers and trackers who will make your African safari experience an exciting and memorable one. Accommodation rates start at R33,495 per night.
Angama Mara, Kenya
Angama Mara is a luxury tented safari camp situated in Kenya, which features fifteen large tented suites, reminiscent of a classic African safari. Each suite boasts a spectacular view of the African wild, where every detail has been considered. The lodge delivers extraordinary wildlife sightings, including prides of lion, leopards, black rhinos and an abundance of herds of elephants and buffalo. The lodge has two separate camps of just 15 tented suites, which ensure exclusivity and privacy. Each camp has its own spacious guest area, a fully equipped kitchen, and exceptional staff who will attend to your every need. Angama Mara welcomes children of all ages and has four interconnecting tents, which are ideal for families. Dedicated safari guides, chefs, butlers, housekeepers, and managers provide exceptional service while guests can dine, relax, and explore the beauty that surrounds, including views that extend over the edge of the Rift Valley. Guests can enjoy the fully equipped fitness centre, swimming pool, craft studio, and an African art gallery. Guests are also invited to dine both inside or outside, where they can enjoy a romantic candle-lit dinner or a traditional African barbecue under the African skies.
Angama Mara offers a variety of activities including guided safaris, walking trails through the wild, as well as hot balloon excursions. Rates range from $1,400 per person, per night.
Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania
Singita Serengeti House is an exclusive African retreat situated in the open plains of the Grumeti Reserves in the heart of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania, and is located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill, offering breathtaking views of the wild, where herds of animals can be seen roaming around the area, or stopping for a drink at the lodge’s own watering hole.
Four suites are offered, which accommodate up to four guests in each and each suite features a double bed with an en suite bathroom, an outdoor shower and private terrace, as well as spacious and modern living spaces.
Other amenities include a large media room, a fully equipped gym, a luxurious spa, as well as sporting facilities including a full size tennis court and a croquet lawn, perfect for sports enthusiasts! Guests can also enjoy a 25 meter infinity pool, where they can relax and recharge for their next safari adventure.
Rates start from 16,050 USD per night for 5-8 guests.
Chinzombo – South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Time + Tide Chinzombo offers the ultimate luxury African safari experience, with picturesque views of the Luangwa River.
The lodge consists of six luxurious villas, one of which accommodates families with children. Each villa boasts opulent and spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, all en-suite, as well as a private deck with a pool. The villas overlook the riverbank, where hippos and other wildlife can be seen and heard from the distance.
A variety of activities are offered, including guided game drives and walking safaris, as well as boat cruises on the Luangwa River. Amenities include a swimming pool, fire pit, gift shop, as well as a spa and exercise facilities. Guests also have private entry into the South Luangwa National Park via boat. Guests at Chinzombo will receive exceptional service from a team of dedicated and experienced staff, as well as delicious meals served in the lodge’s lounge or dining area. Seasonal rates for this fully inclusive stay range from $1,150 to $1,595 per person sharing.
Chief’s camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Chief’s Camp is a picturesque luxury safari camp and one of only two lodges situated on Chief’s Island in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. It is the only place in Botswana where rhinos can be found roaming in their natural habitat. The area offers spectacular wildlife viewing all year round, including Africa’s famous Big Five. Extraordinary game drives are led by dedicated game rangers and are offered in the mornings and late afternoons.
The newly renovated lodge has 12 luxurious thatched tented suites, all of which have en-suite bathrooms, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower. Each unit has its own private deck and plunge pool, where you can relax and take in the exquisite views of Africa’s most treasured wildlife.
The lodge’s newly built six-sleeper Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite has its own kitchen, lounge and private boma and deck area. This exclusive package includes a private game ranger, personal chef, waiter and housekeepers to take care of your personal needs.
All meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and game drives are included in this once in a lifetime bushveld experience.
Bisate Lodge, Rwanda
Bisate Lodge in Rwanda is the first in the country to offer a once in a lifetime gorilla trekking experience. Bisate Lodge has been involved with various conservation projects with the aim of reforestation in the area. The lodge is embedded in the slopes of an eroded volcanic crater of the Volcanoes National Park.
Here, six cone shaped thatch villas are nestled within the forest, where guests can look out from their balconies onto breathtaking views of the lush nature and mountainous areas that surround them. Accents of lush green natural colours flow throughout each villa, creating a luxurious yet natural ambiance and all villas have double beds with en-suite bathrooms.
Guests can enjoy full board food and drinks, Transportation to and from the gorilla and golden monkey encounters, as well as self-guided wildlife trails and cultural experiences.
This lodge is the perfect combination of modern luxurious living and traditional Rwandan culture.
Rates start at $1, 155 per night, on top of $1,500 per person for the gorilla trekking expedition.
Little Kulala, Sossusvlei, Namibia
Little Kulala offers a luxurious desert retreat, where you can experience Namibia’s natural desert surroundings, with private access to the Sossusvlei sand dunes.
This exclusive lodge accommodates guests in 11 chalets, each chalet has a private plunge pool, a rooftop “daybed” for lounging and stargazing, as well as both indoor and outdoor showers. Soft tones of brown and orange are emulated throughout each chalet, creating a natural desert-like ambience.
The lodge offers morning guided drives to the dunes of Sossusvlei as well as guided drives and walks on the private Koala Wilderness Reserve, where expert guides will share with you their in-depth knowledge of the surroundings. Other activities include visits to the Sesriem Canyon, quad-biking, sand-duning, scorpion night walks, stargazing, hot air balloon safaris and horse riding.
Guests can also enjoy sundowner drinks at the lodge’s sun deck, while looking out onto the vast desert plains.
Little Kulala offers an all-inclusive experience with prices starting at around $680 per person per night, depending on the season.
Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe, Zimbabwe
Singita Pamushana Lodge is located in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in south-eastern Zimbabwe. Pamushana Lodge is set amongst lush trees overlooking the Malilangwe Dam and sandstone hills, showing magnificent views of the lake and wilderness that surrounds it.
The lodge offers 1, 2 or 3 bedroom luxury suites, as well as a private 5 bedroom villa, all of which have an en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, a private plunge pool, air-conditioning, a fireplace and a private deck with chaise lounges. Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the lake from the comfort of their own private chalet or villa. A telescope can be found in each chalet and villa, where guests can explore the constellations of the beautiful night skies. There are also an additional two swimming pools and a Jacuzzi in the beautiful gardens of the lodge.
Guests can embark in daily guided game drives and bushtreks, as well as fishing and birding experiences.
Experienced safari guides and trackers will escort you on morning and evening game drives into the wildlife reserve, where a variety of game can be viewed such as rhinos, antelopes, cheetahs, lions, leopards and wild dogs. Birding enthusiasts can also enjoy sightings of a variety of different bird species.
Indoor and outdoor dining is offered and there is a bar and wine cellar on site, allowing for a truly magical culinary and wildlife experience. Prices start at $16220 per chalet per night.
Matetsi Victoria Falls River Lodge, Zambezi National Park
Matetsi Victoria Falls River Lodge is located in a private area along the Zambezi River, which is situated 40 kilometres downstream from Victoria Falls.
This river lodge offers an authentic luxury safari experience, inviting guests to experience one of the most incredible sites in the world. Guests can enjoy day and night game drives where they can experience incredible sightings of Africa’s Big 5, as well as other wildlife. Other activities include guided bush treks, canoeing, sunset boat cruises and helicopter rides overlooking the magnificent Victoria Falls.
Guests have the option of staying in the lodge’s private villa, luxury suites or luxury family suites, depending on your desires and needs. All suites open onto breathtaking views of the Zambezi River as well as Zambia’s array of wildlife, which can be seen from the suites’ private outdoor shower or plunge pool.
Prices range from about $850 to $7200 per person per night depending on season and suite type.
Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Royal Malewane is an exclusive private safari lodge situated in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve on the Western Border of The Greater Kruger National Park, where guests can travel via air or road.
The Lodge at Royal Malewane consists of six Luxury Suites, including two Royal Suites, which have two spacious en-suite bedrooms in each, a living room and dining area, as well as a huge outside deck with a pool, allowing guests to relax and take in the magical beauty that surrounds.
The Farmhouse at The Farmstead is a 12 minute drive from the main lodge and is a three and a half bedroom private villa. There are three main bedrooms en-suite as well as a smaller bedroom room which is suitable for children. Each suite has its own private deck and outside shower, and there is a large swimming pool where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the African bush. Here guests have access to a team of devoted staff including a private guide, housekeeper, babysitter and a photographer to capture your perfect moments and tend to your every needs. The Farmstead is the perfect choice of accommodation for large families or groups as it can sleep up to 14 guests comfortably.
Lastly, Africa House is an exclusive villa with six en-suite bedrooms. Each has its own classic and elegant finishings.
Each bedroom has air conditioning and has a large walk-in shower and bath, with its own private deck and outside shower overlooking striking views of the wilderness.
Guests can enjoy a sensual spa experience in the lodge’s beauty spa, fine dining culinary experiences, as well as incredible sightings of Africa’s Big 5 and other most treasured wildlife.