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The 8 Best Luxury Safari Lodges in Africa

Singita Boulders Lodge, Kruger
Written by See Africa Today

A hundred years after the first dusty tents of explorers were pitched, the evolution of African safari is classical. It metamorphosised into luxurious eco-conscious resorts without losing any of its romance or adventure thereby giving birth to the best luxury safari lodges in Africa.

Tented camps today range from the vast and ornate of yesteryear to those that have completely reimagined the safari lodge experience. They present a fresh perspective on African aesthetics, authenticity, and luxury.

Glamping or fancy camping, fly-in safaris, and contemporary gourmet dining welcome you to this experience. They are just some of the other things you may do, see, and even taste when travelling in Africa.

Cultural, historical, and environmental orientation enriches the experience, so do the best luxury safari lodges in Africa.

One thing though, an eventful African safari offers adventure, wildlife, cultural enrichment, and highly individualized care. And the good news is that you can get all this so long as you are in the right place.

Here are the best luxury safari lodges in Africa you should look out for.

Singita Boulders Lodge, Kruger

Singita Boulders Lodge, Kruger

Singita Boulders Lodge, Kruger. Photo/Chalo Africa

The stunning Sabi Sands Game Reserve, a private enclave bordering the Kruger National Park, is home to this Afro-centric lodge. Its open-air and glass-walled pavilions allow you to take in the beauty of the African bush environment.

To top it off, the restaurant’s extensive wine cellar features some of Africa’s most prized private wine reserves. For this, it qualifies to be among the best luxury safari lodges in Africa.

Royal Malewane, Thornybush

Royal Malewane, Thornybush

Royal Malewane, Thornybush. Photo/

In addition to private game drives in the Thornybush Nature Reserve crowns the experience of the best luxury safari lodges in Africa.

While here enjoy butler service and mouthwatering culinary experiences. Not to mention, it is a wildlife haven given its proximity to the Greater Kruger National Park.

Royal Malewane places a great value on high-quality and tailor-made care for her guests. One of the country’s greatest safari spas is at the resort, which has a safari lodge look and feels.

Segera Retreat, Kenya

Segera Retreat

Segera Retreat. Photo/Kenya Rising

Segera places a high value on personalized service and customizable options to make every customer’s journey as unique as possible.

Private decks with sun loungers, swing beds, and sunken Jacuzzis are included in the large suites.

Thanks to its internationally famous kitchen, dining at Segera is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The retreat has a private art collection for viewing, as well as helicopter tours over the Great Rift Valley.

By now, you agree that Segera belongs to the best luxury safari lodges in Africa club.

Angama Mara, Maasai Mara

Angama Mara in Kenya

Angama Mara in Kenya. Photo/ Gamewathcers Safaris

Set in the heart of the famous Maasai Mara in Kenya, Angama Mara is the ultimate dose for a fulfilling and 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, stuck deep in the wilderness. Angama Mara’s elevation elicits a feeling of hanging mid-air which is what it loosely translates to in English.

Chinzombo, South Luangwa

Chinzombo, South Luangwa  

Chinzombo, South Luangwa. Photo/Stepps Travel

Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park is one of the continent’s best-kept secrets. The park offers pristine natural beauty, wonderful walking safaris, and a chance to see big game hustle-free.

The stylish and exquisite Chinzombo only has six gorgeous houses tucked discreetly into the forest canopy. This part of the park on the banks of the Luangwa River remains largely unknown.

But while here, you can’t help but praise it as one of the best luxury safari lodges in Africa.

Thorntree River Lodge, Vic Falls

Thorntree River Lodge, Vic Falls

Thorntree River Lodge, Vic Falls. Photo/African Bush Camp

One of the best luxury safari lodges in Africa, Thorntree River Lodge sits upstream from the famed Victoria Falls.

Thorntree is a popular choice for visitors. This eco-friendly lodge, made from local lumber, stone, and recycled railway sleepers, strikes the perfect mix between nature and contemporary architecture.

Plunge pools and separate living areas with indoor and outdoor couches can be found on the private decks of the riverside suites.

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta

Jao Camp, Okavango Delta. Photo/Natural World Safaris

Jao Camp is located on a private island in the center of the Okavango Delta. Interestingly, it is only accessible by air and provides an unrivalled luxury African safari experience.

Suites are furnished with native carvings and artwork, and the spa is considered one of Botswana’s best.

Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta

Chief's Camp, Okavango Delta

Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta. Photo/Sanctuary Retreats

Chief’s Camp offers a safari-style experience with a personal touch that is hard to find elsewhere. The fact that it has the largest suites in the area, places it among the best luxury safari lodges in Africa.

The Okavango Delta’s largest island, Chief’s Island, is home to the opulent Chief’s Camp. While here, enjoy the best of Botswana’s predator sightings.

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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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