Some of us just want to be pampered. African savanna is a rather spectacular setting to experience 5-star luxury and, fortunately, there are many lodges that cater to this. Not all 5-star abodes are created equal and below are some of the most high-end accommodations on offer throughout Africa. Many belong to larger safari lodge groups, and others are part of smaller boutique operations. Even in the bush, you may be surprised to find everything from private plunge pools to fully equipped spas.
Situated in an area teeming with so much wildlife and vegetation that it is not uncommon to spot all five members of the in one drive, Savanna Private Game Reserve forms part of the greater Sabi reserve.
The Granite Suites are nestled in a private concession of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and is named after the impressive use of granite materials in the lodge's decor and general construction. A relaxing surrounding of subtle colors and aged, sturdy accommodation, with modern and comfortable interiors, Granite Suites is the ideal destination for a family or small group looking for an intimate African safari getaway.
Andbeyond’s Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has an almost surreal quality against the backdrop of the spectacular Namib Desert. The tranquil atmosphere of this unique landscape is a refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. With the wilderness stretching out towards the horizon every way you look, the sense of isolation from the outside world is instant and intense.
The prestigious Shamwari Private Game Reserve covers 20 000 hectares of verdant bush along the Bushmans River in the Eastern Cape. The malaria-free reserve is home to five of the seven habitats found in South Africa, and its location close to the Garden Route, making a safari at Shamwari a perfect choice for those seeking to combine a tour of the Garden Route with a luxury Big Five safari.
Named after an old giraffe that once resided close to the lodge which was once the Brink family home, this exclusive private lodge offers unsurpassed luxury and a personalized service.
The luxurious Monwana Game Lodge is situated within the Thornybush Game Reserve, on the banks of the Monwana River. The 11 500 hectare reserve consists of pristine savannah and borders the world-renowned Kruger National Park.
Experience the wild heart of the African bush in comfort, style and privacy at Royal Malewane’s three luxury safari lodges and private bush villas, each one embodying an exquisite vision of design and ultimate hospitality. The most qualified guiding team in Africa delivers an unrivaled wildlife experience with conservation at the centre.
Suspend what you know about luxury tented camps. The latest addition to the Thornybush Collection, Saseka Tented Camp, is state-of-the-art, luxurious and imbued with idyllic African wilderness. Saseka is the Tsonga word for Beautiful. Set in the north-eastern portion of the big-5 game rich Thornybush Nature Reserve, situated in the greater Kruger National Park. Saseka, elegantly positioned on the banks of the Monwana dry-riverbed, which sweeps through the reserve, with a distinct curve in the river being a natural catalyst for the site of the main area. The lodge blends a wonderfully spacious and light, modern look with natural materials and textures, finished with elements reminiscent of a bygone era.
Elegant and exclusive, Thornybush Game Lodge offers the complete package for individual guests, family holidays, corporate getaways, small groups or wedding extravaganzas. Exhilarating dawn and dusk safaris, an exclusive on-site spa, gourmet cuisine, the world’s finest wines and sublimely luxurious accommodation await the discerning traveller at Thornybush Game Lodge. A fully-equipped conference centre for sixty delegates completes the picture.
Built along the banks of a seasonal river, Jabulani is an opulent lodge that stands out from the rest. With its open-plan dining room and comfortable lounge area that leads onto a wooden deck that's shaded by large leadwood trees, Jabulani blends in seemingly with its natural surroundings. The main lodge area connects to the well-positioned suites by an impressive suspension bridge. Jabulani has a remarkable story to tell, sharing with guests the experience of the elephants.
Sophisticated and charming, Old Drift Lodge harmoniously blends in with the natural environment and visitors are whisked away to a world of wonder from the moment they step onto the boat to reach the serene safari sanctuary. Elegantly tucked away from the town of Victoria Falls and it occupies a pristine piece of African wilderness in Zambezi National Park.
The Elephant Camp is a luxury safari camp nestled in the woodland area of the Victoria Falls National Park and is located only a mere 10 kilometers from the majestic Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls River Lodge is surrounded by the vast plains of the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and boasts unrivaled views of the Zambezi River and the spray of the world-renowned Victoria Falls in the far distance.
Rekero Camp is situated in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve which is renowned for the Great Migration that occurs annually. The camp overlooks the Talek River migration crossing point.
The award-winning Sayari Camp is based in the north of Serengeti National Park, with a prime location to witness thousands of wildebeest crash across the Mara River as part of their Great Migration.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is situated on the rim of the gorgeous Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Boasting incredible crater views and amazing architecture, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is often called the game lodge at the top of the world
Perfectly situated on the banks of a tributary of the Grumeti River, in the secluded western parts of the Serengeti National Park, AndBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge shares breathtaking views and unparalleled sightings.
Giraffe Manor is one of the most popular accommodation choices in the whole of Eastern Africa. Full of character and steeped in history, its ivy-clad buildings are set in 12 acres of private land and are surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest. Reminiscent of its 1930s "Out of Africa" heydays, it is named for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffe that often pop in for a visit.
This luxury safari camp is set at the edge of riverine forest, overlooking the sweeping plains of the Maasai Mara, and it lies within the path of the incredible annual Great Migration. At Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp, you can expect an authentic African safari experience with legendary Kenyan hospitality.
Bateleur Camp is located in the lush forests of the world-renowned Masai Mara in Kenya where you can experience elegance amidst the diverse wildlife of Narok County. Bateleur Camp provides a truly memorable Masai Mara experience through its luxurious facilities, attentive service, and lush surroundings.
Chobe Game Lodge is the only permanent lodge to be found within the world-renowned Chobe National Park in Botswana. The lodge is situated in the northeastern corner of the park on the banks of the famous Chobe River that teems with wildlife. This incredible location enables guests to experience an amazing wildlife experience from the comfort of the lodge and to observe elephants silhouetted by the sunset whilst sipping on sundowners.
Pronounced as Camp Ka-ka-na-ka, this authentic safari camp is positioned on the banks of the Khwai River in the prime game viewing reserve of Moremi. With year-round land and water activities, Camp Xakanaxa offers a well-rounded classic safari experience in the heart of the Okavango Delta.
Camp Okavango, a unique and exclusive African safari camp is situated on the remote Nxaragha Island. This hidden treasure, in the heart of the permanent Okavango Delta, assures its guests of an unparalleled year-round water wilderness experience.
Camp Moremi brings true meaning to the word safari in the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi Game Reserve. Game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, both in the morning and late afternoons, offer frequent sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah as well as wild dog. Guest can explore the Xakanaxa Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by motorboat.
Simbavati Hilltop Lodge has one of the finest settings in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, an unfenced but private part of the Kruger Park. It’s perched on the hillside with wide-angle views over the bush and views to the distant mountains of the Drakensberg escarpment. Simbavati Hilltop Lodge offers an exclusive, authentic, and unforgettable African safari experience.
Hamiltons Tented Camp is situated in the private Mluwati Concession of the renowned Kruger National Park. With only three lodges in the area, Hamiltons offers an exclusive safari experience. Ideal for couples looking for a private authentic safari experience.
Sabi Sabi Selati Camp is a charming private lodge situated in the renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve which shares 50 kilometers of its unfenced boundary line with neighboring Kruger National Park. This romantic lodge conjures up images of a time when life was a little slower, a little gentler and a lot more indulgent.
Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp is a study of safari chic in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Little Bush Camp offers luxury accommodation for family, friends, or small groups.
Sculpted into a slope of the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and almost completely invisible to the human eye, is the luxurious award-winning Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. The lodge is regarded by many to be the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa, there is simply nothing quite like it in the world!
Deep in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve overlooking an active waterhole and open plains, lies the renowned Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge. Steeped in tradition and a history spanning over 35 years, Sabi Sabi epitomizes luxury living in the African bush and service excellence.
A visit to Lion Sands can completely restore your energy and allow you to truly relax. When you’re right on the Sabie River, watching the animals, surrounded by bush and sky, you really feel like you’ve escaped from the world.
Positioned in one of the denser predator habitats of the Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Tinga Lodge occupies a beautiful 5000 hectares that is home to an abundance of wildlife, making this a truly exclusive experience.
Lion Sands River Lodge is a spectacular lodge located on the private Lion Sands Game Reserve. Set on the Sabie River, Lion Sands River Lodge offers spectacular riverside views from the comfort of your room and in the main area of the lodge.
The Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is for those in search of utter exclusivity. Just eight water-side Villas emerge from a riverscape that sees the passage of much of the reserve’s wildlife. From your bed, deck, private plunge pool, or indeed the guest spa, this is one of the best places to look upon Africa – uninterrupted.
The luxurious MalaMala-Sable Camp epitomizes the design and sensual opulence of this area's colonial history - a well-appointed and comfortable luxury camp in the Mala Mala Game Reserve.
MalaMala Rattrays Camp is the epitome of classic style and good taste. Each luxurious, freestanding and spacious suite offers an atmosphere of lush seclusion and boasts spectacular views of the Sand River
MalaMala Camp is a haven of understated luxury combining warm comfort and superb service with unrivalled views of the Sand River and surrounding bushveld. The camp is an unfenced oasis in the middle of the bush.
The five-star Leopard Hills nestles in the pristine Sabi Sand Game Reserve, affording guests with luxurious accommodation, decadent cuisine, impeccable service, and Big Five game viewing opportunities.
Embark on a safari adventure of a lifetime with 5 days spent exploring Mala Mala Game Reserve - one of Africa's most pristine game reserves situated in the Sabi Sands.
If you’re seeking a getaway like no other, look no further than the Kruger. Embark on a safari at one of the private Kruger National Park concessions for a stay of unrivaled luxury.
Enjoy an All-inclusive 4-day Kruger National Park safari! Return flights from Johannesburg, airport transfers, luxury accommodation, meals & drinks are all included in your stay.
In terms of an all-Inclusive top wildlife experience, it doesn't get much better than this! Enjoy 5-days at Simbavati River Lodge, in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve.
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Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at safari.com as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, Safari.com. I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from Safari.com responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, Safari.com will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with Safari.com. We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The Safari.com team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks Safari.com, Henry and Catherine!
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found safari.com didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through safari.com that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by Safari.com and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with Safari.com and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!