What is a luxury Safari?
A good question but it isn’t a GREAT question.
What is YOUR luxury Safari?
Is a great question.
Allow us to give you 27 options.
A tented camp that has touches of grandeur and opulence reminiscent of vintage Safaris or a slick eco-lodge that whispers of the future… African aesthetics and authenticity can be dressed in luxury to satisfy even the most grandiose of travel requirements.
As you are so superbly rested and pampered you will find yourself imminently ready to engage in activities like hot-air ballooning, glamping, fly-in safaris, and contemporary gourmet dining.
And when you find the time has come to wave Africa goodbye (for now) you will go home safe in the knowledge that your journey has answered to rigorous sustainability and holistic conservation models.
The classic Safari experience, incredible wildlife sightings, excellent guiding, and the most extraordinary and enriching cultural activities are all beautifully meshed and intertwined with world-class hospitality.
Read on to discover 27 exceedingly luxurious, magnificently curated, wild African properties.
Bisate Lodge, Rwanda
Visiting the home of the endangered mountain gorilla is a once-in-a-lifetime privilege. At Bisate Lodge the 12 conical Rwandan style villas within 67 acres of reforested land provide huge views across to the Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes and provide elegant accommodation when you are not trekking up the misty mountains of Rwanda.
The lodge runs a conservation program works with local farm owners to protect the surrounding ecosystem.
Angama Mara, Kenya
Karen Blixen’s famous coffee farm lay at the feet of the Ngong Hills. A little further along these ridges in the Great Rift Valley (just high enough for perfect views from giant floor to ceiling windows), on the western outskirts of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve two separate camps, with 15 tents each, have been built out of Nairobi-made canvas and Maasai-inspired brickwork, writing desks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and terraces that hang over the Oloololo Escarpment, where giraffe and wildebeest roam.
Chinzombo, South Luangwa, Zambia
There are six villas in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Home to the original walking safari and crowd-free big game spotting, the Luangwa River flows right past the lodge which is tucked into the forest canopy and only reveals its elegance and sophistication at very close quarters.
The Dog House, Tongabezi, Zambia
Your personal valet will welcome you to your private House at the end of the Tongabezi garden. Two en-suite double rooms stand on separate stilts with decks extending over the Zambezi River. Between the rooms, a central living room, dining room and deck with a plunge pool assure every comfort and request can be satisfied.
Erg Chebbi Marhaba Luxury Desert Camp, Morocco
The Erg Chebbi is a wonder. Apricot-hued sand that has quietly observed travelers over millennia… the beauty and the stillness will not leave your heart and soul untouched. You will escape from the world and all contact with other travelers to have as your companions those you choose, your staff and the native Berber Nomads who call the Erg Chebbi their home.
Geoffrey Kent Luxury Suite, Okavango
The suite sleeps six people and ensures their every need is met with a private bar, kitchen, waiter, guide and safari vehicle. Named for the founder, chairman, and CEO of Abercrombie and Kent who has been credited with introducing the first luxury photographic African Safari in 1962.
The Highlands, Tanzania
Where heritage meets the future at the highest property in the Ngorongoro area. At Highlands, you have Africa’s most game-rich areas literally at your feet. When you need a break from the incredible number of game in the area, do take a guided walk to Empakaai crater with its soda lake flamingos.
Jack’s Camp, Kalahari, Botswana
The Kalahari Desert is a stark, but perfect backdrop to the ornate, Bedouin-style tents that are fit for royalty. Nothing is quite like this. You will experience different animals, vistas, activities, and skies… with every need still beautifully taken care.
Karkloof Safari Spa, South Africa
Everything you would expect from a luxury Safari lodge (private guide, game drives, spectacular wildlife)… with a world-class inclusive spa.
Unlimited hydrotherapy and up to 11 different treatments per day, you set your own schedule at Karkloof.
King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia
Unchartered wilderness with a vast Blue wildebeest migration and big cats in tow. The lodge has only six luxury villas opening out onto the plains.
Londolozi Private Granite Suites, Kruger, South Africa
It isn’t easy to have exclusivity in the Kruger, but this is one of its finest private concessions. Only three separate suites – all a contemporary fusion of stone walls, polished concrete and a palette of charcoal, silver and elephant grey – overlook the granite boulders of the Sabi River.
Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe
A private wildlife concession, only 40 kilometers from Victoria Falls opened a lodge over two camps with nine suits each. Wood, copper, and red-gold pay homage to Zimbabwe’s mining history. A sundowner cruise at the end of a long day spotting elephants and wildebeest is the perfect way to keep discovering more about the Zambezi.
The Great Red Island is the eccentric aunt of African countries. The one who ran away to the circus with a dubious man. Taboos, disgruntled spirits, sacrificial ceremonies, intrigue, legend, and superstition… In Madagascar things that struggle to survive elsewhere on earth somehow thrives.
Nosy Ankao can only be reached by helicopter. Low-impact luxury awaits with solar-powered bungalows built from recycled materials. Guests can juggernaut between jungle and beach, French garden and spa.
Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Raised over the Okavango Delta floodplains, Mombo has been the gold standard of Delta luxury for decades. Only nine fabulously appointed (and very large) guest tents can all have their sides fold away to uncover Africa and even from inside wildlife is often spotted.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
Victorian furniture and Persian rugs on the lip of the Ngorongoro Crater’s caldera. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a friendly space that happens to feature sofas, gilt mirrors, and beaded chandeliers. The perfect foil for the wilderness surrounding it.
Royal Malewane, Thornybush, South Africa
Personalized service is a priority for Royal Malewane. Private game drives, your own butler and exquisite meals guarantee that every day is off to the perfect start and the lodge’s Safari spa will only enhance your stay.
Sandibe Okavango Safari Lounge, Botswana
Modeled after the body armor of pangolins the wooden exteriors of this lodge blend into the background. Situated within a private concession within the Kalahari Desert.
Saruni Mara, Masai Mara, Kenya
Carefully themed suites await high among the Mara North Conservancy hills. There are perfect views, plush creature comforts, and old world charm to be had.
A tiny luxury camp in a dry riverbed with superb waterhole views, guests of Saruni Rhino can track the endangered black rhino on foot. Guides use traditional methods in tandem with satellite tracking to guarantee Safari goers an encounter with the living dinosaur of Africa.
Sasaab Camp, Samburu, Kenya
Guest tents with large open-air bathrooms and private plunge pools afford views over the Laikipia Plateau and the Uaso Nyiro River. The Samburu plains are far from civilization as we know it but at Sasaab you will have all the important little luxuries to enjoy inside your exclusive African Safari camp.
Singita Boulders Lodge, South Africa
If wildlife is your passion then Boulders Lodge pretty much guarantees your happiness and satisfaction. Slick. Contemporary. Twelve free-form pool suites. One of South Africa’s premier wine cellars. A full gym. A great spa menu. The list continues.
Singita Lebombo, Kruger, South Africa
Afro-fusion and Afro-chic come together at Singita Lebombo with fearless glass walls and lots of open space as well as an interactive kitchen, an espresso bar, a self-help deli, and a modern wine studio.
Singita Sabora, Serengeti, Tanzania
Taking it back to the golden years of African Safaris, Singita Sabora features antique furniture and collectibles, rich fabrics and Persian rugs, and traditional Meru-style canvas tents.
Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania
Exclusive to eight guests only. This house boasts a tennis court, infinity pool, private vehicle, private guides, private horseback safari, a chef, host, and personal staff. We have yet to meet someone who did not love it.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Sossusvlei, Namibia
More peace, open space and luxury in the traditional Namib Desert is difficult to imagine when you are staying at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge. Guests are pampered and activities like hot-air ballooning, picnics and stargazing at their sophisticated observatory fill days that you will wish will never end…
Vumbura Plains, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Experience the best land-and-water based game viewing in the Okavango Delta, year-round, at Vumbura Plains. The lodge is very luxurious, with contemporary tents dressed in neutral tones and pops of verdant color.
Zarafa Dhow Suites, Selinda, Botswana
A lavish and exclusive stay on the eastern edge of Selinda Private Game Reserve is offered by the Zarafa Dhow Suites. Don’t expect to stay in touch with work here. It is time to unplug from stress and tune into feeling very fine indeed.