7 best safari lodges in Africa and what they offer

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How much can you speak of the best safari lodges in Africa? The truth is that African lodges are a tall tale you cannot tell enough. The goodness of these establishments often infusing nature and wildlife is unbridled. An experience of an African lodge is astounding, memorable, and worth your time. Thus, knowledge about the best lodges in the continent is more than welcome.

A survey conducted by World’s Best Awards between January and May 2021 gives an insight into the best destinations in Africa. And one of the factors that the respondents gave was based on what lodges in these regions offer.

Western perception about Africa leans more to a continent reeling in untold suffering. And this notion – untrue as it is – hoodwinks the best that Africa has to offer. Unknown to some westerners, Africa abounds with the greatest of adventure which is why some of the best lodges in the world are in Africa.

Without further ado, let’s dig into the 10 best safari lodges in Africa. Considers staying in one of them during your African safari.

Angama Mara

Angama Mara in Kenya

Angama Mara in Kenya. Photo/ Gamewathcers Safaris

In the heart of Maasai Mara in Kenya, Angama Mara is the ultimate dose for a memorable stay in the wilderness. It is undeniably an investment you can help but marvel about!

It stands on the edge of the Great Africa Rift Valley. And it is stuck deep in the wilderness and its elevations elicit a feeling of hanging mid-air. Derived from a Swahili word, Angama means “suspended in mid-air” in English. It towers high above the floor of the Great Rift Valley and overlooks the iconic Maasai Mara.

Angama Mara has 15 tent camps perched on the edge of the escarpment overlooking Maasai Mara Game Reserve.  Besides the cinematic scenery, this safari lodge has a cultural center where you can learn more about the Maasai culture. Culinary delight is a fantastic ride too.

Mahali Mzuri Luxury Safari Camp

Mahali Mzuri Kenya

Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri In Kenya Named Best Hotel Worldwide 2021

Richard Branson’s exclusive Mahali Mzuri Luxury Safari Camp sits still in Kenya’s prestigious Maasai Mara.  On a vote on Travel and Leisure, Mahali Mzuri emerged as the best hotel in the World’s Best Awards 2021.

The 12-tented luxury safari camp is located in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem. While the luxury safari tent may seem just like an ordinary thing, those at Mahali Mzuri will surprise you. Each tent is ensuite with beautiful décor, cozy bedding, expansive windows, and a door leading to a deck. Here, you can catch sunrise, sunset and watch wild animals on the prowl.

Singita Grumeti, Serengeti National Park

Singita Grumeti Reserve

Singita Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania. Photo/Micato

Singita Grumeti is an important aspect of Serengeti National Park’s ecosystem. It is located next to the park. The Tanzanian government created the reserve in 1994 in order to protect the path of the annual wildebeest migration.

In 2002, the Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund earned the right to conserve and manage the property sitting on 350,000 acres. Singita took over management of the property to enhance low-impact, luxury tourism.

Singita Grumeti has five lodges, each of them giving a unique experience of African wildlife, adventure, and cuisine.

Gibbs Farm

Gibbs Farm

Gibbs Farm . Photo/ andBeyond

Gibbs Farm sits on the slopes of Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. It remains an eye candy since 1920 when it was founded – first as a coffee plantation before panning out to a lodge. It is a one-of-a-kind retreat center and speaks loads about the best African lodges.

The scenery is breathtaking, especially with stunning views of the Great Rift Valley cutting through Tanzania in the horizon.

Belmond Savute Lodge

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Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. Photo/TripAdvisor

Botswana’s Belmond Savute Lodge is an explorer’s paradise full of timeless adventure. The tented luxury safari camps speak to depth about the magic behind one of the best safari lodges in Africa. From the lodge, the amazing Chobe National Park is a sight away with phenomenal sights of wildlife.

andBEYOND Phinda Vlei Lodge

andBEYOND Phinda Vlei Lodge

andBEYOND Phinda Vlei Lodge. Photo/ andBeyond

In South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal is a secluded, plantation-style, hideaway on the edge of a rare sand forest that is andBEYOND Phinda Vlei Lodge.

The facility has an intimate and charming lodge with just six suites on the edge of the rare sand forest. Safari game drives, bushwalking adventures, community interaction, and conservation add to the lodge’s flavor.

Kwahi River Lodge

Kwahi River Lodge

Kwahi River Lodge. Photo/Luxury Travel magazine

The inviting tented camping lodge at the Moremi Game Reserve in South Africa is an animal kingdom. Nature’s presence is deep, unapologetic yet so refreshing and beautiful.

While at the lodge’s deck, you enjoy spectacular views of wildlife prowling the vast reserve.

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About the author

See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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