Africa’s Top 5 Luxury Safari Lodges

April 4, 2021

Africa Continent

Africa abounds with incredible sights, from soaring sand dunes to savannas teeming with wildlife. Experience the continent’s many wonders at Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Rwanda, Morocco, and more. Witness the annual wildebeest migration on safari in the Serengeti, or explore the sun-washed cities of Morocco through your camera lens. In South Africa, spot lions, elephants, giraffes, and more on a thrilling family safari. On many of Africa expeditions there are visits to National Geographic–sponsored research sites and talks with scientists in the field. Wild scenery, alfresco dinners, star-studded skies and incredibly close wildlife encounters . This itinerary lets you experience the finest of Africa’s dramatic landscapes and diverse wildlife through an authentic safari adventure in the African bush.

South Africa

Singita Kruger National Park

Singita’s concession in the Kruger National Park was granted in 2001 in part, because of Singita’s outstanding record and steadfast commitment to conservation as well as its minimal environmental footprint. Singita Kruger National Park’s mission is to create and maintain a balance between conservation, community development, and ecotourism.

The design of Lebombo Lodge was inspired by the many eagles’ nests built into the cliff face of the river bank, resulting in organic, light-filled structures, floating between river and sky. All communal areas of the lodge have been pushed out into nature to ensure that the outside bursts in, offering immersive and meditative spaces set in a dramatic landscape of giant euphorbia trees.

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Tanzania

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is a luxury hotel in Tanzania Africa with 77 rooms and suites overlooking Serengeti National Park. Cooling yourself in your suite’s private pool, watch zebras, wildebeests, and elephants do the same at the nearby watering hole.

Four Seasons takes you deep in the heart of the world’s most celebrated wildlife reserves, where the Big Five – the lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the elephant and the rhinoceros – run free on the endless, untamed landscape. Perched on a series of elevated platforms and walkways, Lodge sits next to an animal watering hole, where you can watch a family of elephants stop for their morning drink as you sip your own out on your room’s private balcony. Under the constant protection of local Maasai tribes people, we’ll take you in the bush for an exhilarating game drive, or you can soar high in the sky on a hot-air balloon safari. However you spend your day, our Spa is waiting to help you rehydrate, restore and re-energize for your next adventure. Only question is – where would you like to begin?

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Zambia

Tongabezi Lodge

The Tonabezi Lodge, an all-inclusive resort. This trip will be full of not only serenity but also incredible memories and unforgettable experiences. Tonabezi five Houses and four River Cottages are individually styled and cater for two to five guests. Experience lavish romance at the Honeymoon House, wake up amongst the birds in the Tree House, or enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the Zambezi River from the private deck of your own River Cottage.

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘smoke that thunders’ is a short drive from Tongabezi. Our guides will take you to view the breath-taking cascades of water and walk you across Knife Edge bridge, where in high water you might be drenched in the spray. You can also visit Livingstone Island and gaze upon the Falls as David Livingstone first did.

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Nairobi

Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, owned by The Safari Collection. Often referred to as one of the most instagrammed properties in the world, Giraffe Manor is set in 12 acres of private land within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The historic manor house has extraordinary appeal, that harks back to the 1930s when visitors first flocked to East Africa to enjoy safaris. With its stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens, sunny terraces and delightful courtyards, guests often remark that it’s like walking into the film Out of Africa: indeed, one of its twelve rooms is named after the author Karen Blixen.

One of the most fascinating things about Giraffe Manor is its resident herd of Rothschild’s giraffes who may visit morning and evening, poking their long necks into the windows in the hope of a treat, before retreating to their forest sanctuary. Giraffe Manor can be booked for the night or as part of a complete tailor-made safari with The Safari Collection.

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Rwanda

Bisate Lodge

Bisate Lodge, adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, combines the bucket-list gorilla trek with a pioneering vision of reforestation and community partnership. Bisate is located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, with dramatic views of the peaks of the Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes rearing up through Afro-alpine forests. Encountering one of the gorilla groups in the nearby Volcanoes National Park is a unique experience.

Six opulent en-suite Forest Villas maximise comfort and views while adhering to environmentally responsible principles and reflecting the rich culture of rural Rwanda. Bisate is within easy driving distance of the Park Headquarters, from where gorilla treks depart daily. Walks on Bisate’s property offer birding and participation in the reforestation programme.

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