Top 5 luxury lodges you need to stay in during your African Safari

It is one thing to go on an African safari tour through the wilderness, and it is quite another to stay within the boundaries of a game reserve, enveloped by the eerie nighttime sounds of the wild, at one with nature.

There isn’t a more thrilling experience than staying in an African game lodge, a few hundred feet from the water hole of the majestic big five.

And if you thought living in the wild would mean swapping toilet paper for fresh leaves, check out our list of wonderfully luxurious African game lodges.

Lion Sands Game Reserve River Lodge, South Africa

Situated on a private concession within the Kruger National Park, the Lion Sands Game Reserve boasts a contemporary décor that exudes style, elegance and luxurious comfort.

Nestled on the banks of the Sabie River, each suite has a private viewing deck for fine river views.

The lodge’s unique “Memory Lab” lets you edit and even print on canvas photographs of your African adventures.

On the gastronomy front, you’ll enjoy home-styled breakfasts, artisanal coffees and a traditional ‘Boma’ with a twist.

Visit Kruger National Park during our 31 day Ultimate African Expedition Tour.


Sanctuary Chief's Camp, Botswana

Set within the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, in the heart of the Okavango Delta, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp offers an extraordinary setting, exceptional viewing and an award winning dining experience.

Boasting a ‘safari chic’ style décor, the bathrooms in its bush pavilions are fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and folding glass doors leading to outdoor showers.

The lodge gives you a chance to enjoy ‘mokoro’ (traditional dug-out canoe) excursions with an expert guide as well as indulge in some relaxing Africology spa treatments.

Discover Botswana during our 23 day Cape Town to Okavango Delta Tour.


Sarova Mara, Kenya

Surrounded by Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Sarova Mara camp is strategically located in the middle of the migratory path of the wildebeest, gazelles and zebras.

This means your Africa safari will afford you a front row seat to the awe-inspiring spectacle of the wildebeest migration. You can even opt for a hot air balloon safari to survey the reserve from on high.

Enjoy an exclusive bush breakfast out on the open plains as well as a dinner in a traditional Maasai Manyatta (homestead) under the starlit African skies, interspersed with the sounds of the wild.

Explore Kenya during our 14 day Kenyan Discovery Tour.


Little Kulala Lodge, Namibia

Located within the striking Namib Desert, this one ranks high on our list of must-dos during an African Safari.

Little Kulala is a delightful oasis in the arid desert. The lodge’s climate-controlled ‘kulalas’ are equipped with private plunge pools and rooftop Star Beds, all of which blend seamlessly with the pale desert landscape.

Guests especially love the magnificent views of the Sossusvlei from the lodge. And if you thought wildlife cannot flourish in the desert, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Keep a look out for ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, spotted hyena, bat-eared fox, black-backed jackal, porcupine, Cape fox and aardwolf, to name a few.

Explore Namibia during our 27 day South Africa, Victoria Falls & Namibia Tour.


Oldeani Mountain Lodge, Tanzania

The Oldeani Mountain Lodge offers fabulous 360 degree views of the Oldeani Mountains, the Ngorongoro Crater Rim, Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara.

With luxurious suites boasting panoramic views of the lodge’s beautiful surroundings, a rim flow pool, spa and recreation facilities, Oldeani Mountain Lodge offers a truly 5-star experience whilst on your African safari tour.

It’s the perfect place to set up your base camp as you set out on an Africa safari to the Ngorongoro Crater.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Ngorongoro Crater is the crowing jewel. The large volcanic depression is home to over 30,000 animals and birds including the famous African big five and the endangered black rhino.

Explore Tanzania during our 9 day Tanzania Uncovered Tour.