Luxury Safari Resorts

By on 23/04/2014
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No trip to Africa is complete without a visit to one or more game reserves. Luxury Safari Resorts  absolutely do not mean a compromise or negotiation on comfort. From Botswana to Zambia, the list of 5-star luxury safari camps offering lavish dwellings, fine dining and excellent hospitality is just increasing. Our list brings together some of the most lavish safari camps in Africa where guests are guaranteed an experience of a lifetime without sacrificing comfort.

From thatched roofs to wooden terraces, personal plunge pools to Victorian baths, these and many more amenities can commonly be found in these safari camps. The range of accommodation differs from bush camps, luxury camps, stately manor homes, incredible tree houses, magnificent tents and luxury lodges.

We understand that the real reason for most travelers who go on a safari is not fancy accommodation only, but is wildlife spotting. Thus, our list of resorts includes only those that ensure fancy lodging and exclusive game drive experiences. Our chosen hotels are situated in game reserves where you can get up close and personal with The Big Five (Rhinoceros, Lion, Buffalo, African Elephant and Leopard). Huge herds, big cats, unforgettable comfortable adventures and luxury accommodations are the highlights of all the chosen resorts.

Little Kuala

Situated in the Kuala Wilderness Reserve, Namibia

The resort with its luxury suites rests on a private wild game reserve. The park is a 5-hour drive from the Windhoek airport. The resort is situated amidst red dunes of Sossusvlei and each of the suites has its own private plunge pool overlooking the panoramic view of the desert. The rooftop sky bed is perfect for some stargazing and if you feel sociable, mingle with other guests to know more about their wildlife spotting experience in the communal area or rustic wine cellar.

Victoria Falls Safari LodgeVictoria Falls Safari Lodge

Situated in Zambia’s Kafue National Park

Opened in 1994, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is just a 5-minute shuttle ride from the thundering Victoria Falls. The multi-level and open plan tree houses are surrounded by lilies, acacia, teak, creepers, Mopani and baobab trees. Moreover, the wildlife sights are a site to behold as the water body close by attracts many impalas, kudus, white-backed vultures and elephants. The room interiors are done up using bright-colored local fabrics. Each has its own private balcony overlooking the unfenced National Park. The hotel has two restaurants; MaKuwa-Kuwa (facing the water body) and Boma (served local and international cuisine accompanied by entertaining traditional dancing and music).

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Situated in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Indulge yourself in Mahogany, Fig and Wild Mango tree forests where hunting enthusiast, Ernst Hemingway once hunted. The tree lodge is situated in a park that is very well known for its impressive flock of flamingos. Each of the tree houses are situated amidst lush forests and are perfect to do some bird watching from the patio. In addition to animal spotting at the park, spend the day around the lake or have your butler bring you a glass of your favorite drink while you relax and watch the sun go down.

Royal MalewaneRoyal Malewane

Situated near Kruger National Park, South Africa

The resort is set amidst huge native lantern and acacia trees on a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. The resort has managed to become a favorite for many top-notch celebrities like rock star Bono, French President Micolar Sarkozy and billionaire Paul Allen to name only a few and is known for its immense privacy and personalized service. The six gazebos are equipped with wooden terraces, spatial living areas, private and personal rim-flow pools, limestone bathrooms, Victorian baths, open fireplaces and mahogany four-poster beds. The safari villa also has its own Boma for special dinners under the stars.  When not enjoying the luxury accommodation, guests can go on a game drive with Wilson Masiya who is one of the two ‘master trackers’ (highest rank a wildlife tracker can achieve). The rooms come with a private butler service, private chef, ranger, tracker and game drive vehicle. Moreover, the camp also has a luxury spa with services to help you sooth aching muscles after an exciting day at the game reserve. Moreover, if you want to enjoy a true panoramic view of the natural surroundings, hop on the hot air balloon or take a helicopter ride to get an excellent view of the nearby falls and rifts.

Jao CampJao Camp

Situated in Okavango Delta, Botswana

Located on a remote island is the private reserve that is in close proximity to the Kalahari grasslands. Due to its location, guests can enjoy a range of activities on both land and water. The camp is a seasonal home to many animals and this makes it a popular safari destination. The resort has nine luxury tents that are built on raised decks. The rooms are beautifully decorated with huge beds, lounges and sala beds. The communal area features views of the flood plains. The mode of transportation used in the region is Mokoro (local wooden canoe) and resort owns two of them. When you are not at the safari, you can enjoy the gym or spa facilities or enjoy the panoramic Okavango views.

Sabi Sabi Earth lodgeSabi Sabi Earth lodge

Situated in Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, Adjacent to Kruger National Park, South Africa

The Earth Lodge is sculpted into a slope and is almost invisible in the landscape. The ultimate luxury lodge is also an environment friendly lodge with furniture been made from trees uprooted in floods. The 13 ultra-luxurious suites possess individually designed furniture, en-suite glass fronted bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and a private plunge pool. The resort has a spa named The Amani Spa where guests can indulge in holistic skin, body and beauty rituals, massages and treatments. Meals served tend to be mainly African barbecue dishes along with some less indulgent alternatives and the staff really ensures you enjoy the food. The food can be enjoyed in either the private boma or outdoor dining area.  The resort also houses an underground wine cellar with a collection of over 6000 rare bottles from around the world. Set off on a morning walking tour to learn and discover over 350 different species of birds and mammals. Alternatively, do a 3-hour game reserve safari in a Land Rover appointed by the resort.

Thanda Main LodgeThanda Main Lodge

Situated at Thanda Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Located in northern Zululand, Thanda is one of the newer KwaZulu game reserves. There is a blatant sensation of earthy oomph in the miraculous and wonderful lodge that mixes together essentials of royal Zulu with an assorted pan-African feel. The beehive shaped lodges are perched on sides of rolling hills and overlook mountains. The interiors have a mix of chic African and contemporary Scandinavian décor. Creative light fixtures including chandeliers handcrafted by local Zulu beads and straw cotton mesh lampshades, royal Zulu red and blue embedded mosaics, huge stone fireplace and colorful cushions and throws decorated with beads are just some of the beautiful features of the room interiors. All lodges are equipped with a personal plunge pool and a dip after an exciting game drive cannot be missed. Alternatively, relax on the private deck. After a meal at the in-house fine dining restaurant, come back to the lodge to find some marshmallows and a glass of Amarula cream. Otherwise, consider dining in your private ‘boma’ by the starlight and flames of a fragrant wood fire. The spacious, uncluttered public area are decorated in earthy tones that are accented by royal Zulu colors and beads, Ghanaian masks and chairs from Indonesia.

Zambezi QueenZambezi Queen 3 Night Cruise, Botswana

If you want a unique way to spot some excellent wildlife, hop on to the Zambezi Queen for a unique safari experience. Travel in the cruise ship along the Chobe River situated between Botswana and Namibia. The Chobe National Park is home to over 120,000 elephants and hundreds of species of birds and other animals. The ship itself is elegantly decorated in white and animal prints and offers an ultimate romantic getaway.

Kings Pool Camp

Situated in Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Botswana

Imagine you wake up in the morning with golden sunrays beaming through the window of your luxury lodge; you step out on the porch and gaze out to see wild elephants rolling on the plains. Overlooking the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon and Linyanti River is the Kings Pool Camp. The camp houses 9 luxury tents raised on platforms and each has its own private pool, en suite bathroom, outdoor shower and thatched sala (traditional thatched gazebo) where guests can enjoy massages and spa treatments. Guests can view wildlife at the waterbeds from hidden raised decks. Moreover, the game drives are also worth going onto. During dry winter months, it is possible to see more than hundred elephants on one single drive. You can consider bushwhacking on foot or horseback riding. Do it all or do as little as you like! Meals served are sumptuous traditional African cuisine with a wide variety of fresh cut fruits, vegetables, bread, pies, meat dishes and desserts.

Wherever you decide to stay and whatever you do, be considerate about the natural habitat. Though off-road driving is not allowed in most parts of the game reserves, if you do, do remember you are causing soil erosion and encouraging unwanted plant species growth that can damage the ecological balance of the habitat. Do not smoke as dry bushes ignite easily and do not try to catch the attention of animals by making noises or imitating their sounds. Moreover, do not litter the areas.

We have named only a few of the many African Luxury Safari Resorts. Click on the link to find more possibilities.


  1. Shaina B

    14/05/2014 at 11:14

    Africa should be on everyones List. I know of people from many parts of the world who visit the African region and now they return here every once in a while. Some of them have bought property there, while others have invested in businesses and some have even set up offices in this country. Africa will be the the best tourist port in the world very soon.

  2. Waqas Ahmad

    07/05/2014 at 08:22

    I just visit your post on TAMagazine. Find it interesting. These places are really amazing. I also have a community page I hope you will visit it. I also welcome you to share your photos and videos or any stuff or be a moderator. You can also contact my website on the comment area if you are interested. Thanks a lot

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