A Sure-Fire Guide to Luxury Safari Holidays in Africa
Imagine yourself on a luxury safari holiday in Africa… Awakening to the sound of birdsongs… Spending your days marveling at insane wildlife varieties… Enjoying breathtaking sunsets from your private lodge…
Kenya Luxury Safari presents THEE ‘ultimate guide to luxury safaris in Africa’. Highlighted in this guide are some of the grandest, most luxurious destinations and accommodations on the continent. We leave no room for mediocrity here (not a chance!)- only the best of the best have been selected.
Why You Need to Book Your Luxury Safari With Us
We are THAT kind of luxury safari company. The kind that approaches every safari, big or small, with painstaking discernment and meticulousness. With us, you can rest assured of a safari that not only captivates but also inspires. A safari that is custom-made to your needs, interests, and preferences. A safari crafted, detail by detail, by an exceptional, all-Kenyan team.
- Only work with lodges/resorts we ourselves have been to and loved
- Offer full financial protection. We are ATOL Protected
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Where to Go for a Luxury African Safari in South Africa
Try these safari destinations for breathtakingly beautiful views, fascinating wildlife varieties, and opulent accommodations.
Kruger National Park
The mere mention of Kruger, an astoundingly beautiful park located northeast of South Africa, already conjures images of all things exotic, wild, and luxurious. Which, in truth, is justifiable seeing that Kruger is South Africa’s most revered safari destination.
The park is extraordinary, home to a high density of wildlife, including 27,000 African buffaloes, 12,000 elephants, 2,800 lions, and 2,000 leopards. It is also home to over 500 bird species and an incredible slew of luxury safari lodges.
Best Lodges for Luxury African Safaris in the Kruger National Park
State-of-the-art-amenities? Check. Awe-inducing views? Check. Tastefully designed rooms? Check. You can never go wrong with these Kruger safari lodges.
The Royal Malewane
The Royal Malewane seamlessly combines exquisite designs, modern opulence, and stunning views to create a lodge worth its weight in gold.
See, the lodge features six luxury suites, two royal suites, and a house, all with breath-taking views of the Kruger National Park. It also has an outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness center, a heated lap pool, free WI-FI, and a hot tub.
Activities include private game drives, walking safaris, photographic safaris, and bird-watching safaris.
Thornybush Game Lodge
Life at the Thornybush Game Lodge is all about enjoying the finest things in life. The lodge sits in the heart of the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, a private reserve that shares a fenceless border with the Kruger National Park.
Waking up to the sounds of birds with the feel of the warm sun against your face… is the kind of experience you should expect here.
You should also look forward to exquisitely designed luxury suites (they’re 18 of them), exceptional services, and contemporary amenities- think private plunge pools, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor showers, and a fully equipped fitness center.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve
All-encompassing wildlife safari destinations are difficult to find. You know, the kind that as well as host an incredible array of wildlife, also feature stunning landscapes and offer an incredible selection of accommodation and things to do.
Oh, wait, there is one- the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
The aforementioned is a private game reserve that shares a 50-km unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. To discover in this spectacular haven are over 150 different mammal species (including the Big Five), over 500 bird species, and 85 reptile and amphibian species.
There is a whole lotta things to do too including walking safaris, horse riding, game drives, bush dinners, fishing, hot-air balloon riding, and helicopter tours.
Where to Stay for the Best Safari Experience at the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
You’re sure to have a mighty fun time in these luxury Sabi Sands resorts.
Singita Boulders Lodge
The Singita Boulders Lodge is for the explorers at heart. It’s for those with a penchant for the finer things in life. The resort squirrels away on the banks of the Sand River, a picturesque spot that offers awe-inspiring views of the Sabi Sands Reserve.
It features 12 bed-and-breakfast suites, each with its own plunge pool, private deck, and outdoor shower. The resort also features an extensive wine cellar, a spa, a gym and health center, media rooms, and a children’s playroom.
In the nearby area, you can enjoy a selection of activities such as game drives, horseback riding, and even wine tasting.
Lion Sands River Lodge
There’s truly nowhere better for a luxury South African safari than the Lion Sands River Lodge. The lodge sits on the banks of the Sable River, an enviable position that gives you access to some of the most spectacular views.
There are 20 thatched rooms for guests to choose from, each boasting en-suite bathrooms, private viewing decks, air-conditioning, and comfortable king-size beds.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
The Lion Sands Ivory Lodge has mastered the art of luxury travel and we’re all here for it. It is “stunningly beautiful” so much so that Tatler Magazine classified it as one of the world’s best hotels. So what’s so special about the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge? A lot actually, like its prime position in the Sabi Sand Reserve and its secluded luxury suites (each with a private deck, an alfresco shower, and a plunge pool).
The lodge’s design is quite unique too- all of its suites are set high on stilts, meaning you can appreciate the sights and sounds of the African bush while sipping on a cup of tea or coffee.
You can expect a wide selection of activities too, with game drives, bush dinners, and walking safaris being some of the favorites.
South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa is wild and breathtaking and all the things you’d expect a national park that ranks as one of Zambia’s best to be.
It is famed for housing one of the largest wildlife concentrations in Southern Africa and for being the ‘birthplace’ of walking safaris. It is also informally referred to as the ‘Valley of the Leopard’ due to its large concentration of leopards.
There are over 60 mammal species to be discovered, including the Big Five, African wild dogs, 14 species of antelope, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and over 400 bird species.
Where to Stay for the Best Luxury African Safari in South Luangwa National Park
Fancy a boat cruise down the Luangwa? Or a game drive in the heart of South Luangwa? Both can be arranged in these luxury safari lodges.
Time + Tide Chinzobo
Time stands still at the Time + Tide Chinzobo, a luxury safari camp squirreled away in the heart of the South Luangwa National Park.
Its six luxury safari tents are breathtaking in every sense of the word, each featuring a private plunge pool, a soaking tub with mind-blowing views of the Luangwa River, in-room spa treatments, and a private deck where you can while away your evenings.
There is nothing modest about Mfuwe Lodge, from its 18 luxuriously appointed rooms to its contemporary amenities. The lodge sits in the heart of South Luangwa and boy does it capture hearts.
Here, you can enjoy bush walks, game drives, and boat cruises- all with exceptional guides. And, when you’re back at the lodge, you can spend your time lounging by the outdoor infinity pool, having a cocktail at the bar, or partaking in the lodge’s cultural activities.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site. A wonder of the world. And the largest waterfall in the world. The Victoria Falls is breathtaking, wild, and endlessly intriguing.
There are over 100 mammal species to be discovered here, including lions, rhinos, buffaloes, cheetahs, and over 40,000 individual elephants. The Fall is also home to a gorgeous array of gorges, over 700 bird species, and 113 reptile species.
Fun fact: Every minute, approximately 500 million liters of water cascade at Victoria Falls.
Where to Stay for the Best Luxury African Safari at Victoria Falls
Warning: these safari lodges will make you never want to leave!
Victoria Falls River Lodge
Nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River, with breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls, the Victoria Falls River Lodge is something out of a dream. There are 11 luxury suites for guests to choose from, each offering a private plunge pool, a comfortable sitting area, a private deck, an en-suite bathroom, and an indoor and outdoor shower.
Royal Livingstone by Anantara
Manicured gardens, a grand facade, and breathtaking views of the Zambezi River are how the Royal Livingstone lures you in and boy isn’t she a stunner.
The lodge sits on the banks of the Zambezi River and offers a plethora of luxurious amenities- think private terraces, spa treatments, a swimming pool, and several gourmet dining options.
Legendary is the word that comes to mind anytime James, our company CEO, thinks of Masai Mara. And legendary it is, seeing that the park is home to over 90 different mammal species, 450 bird species, and over 88 different reptile and amphibian species.
Even more fascinating is the fact that the park hosts the Great Migration, a one-of-its-kind spectacle graced by over 2 million wild animals.
The Best Masai Mara Lodges for Luxury Safaris
Try these Masai Mara lodges for breathtaking sceneries, excellent food, and abundant wildlife.
On the very edge of the Mara Triangle lies Angama Mara, a lodge of unparalleled luxury and unlimited hospitality.
The lodge boasts 15 exclusive rooms, each with its own private balcony and breathtaking views of the Mara Triangle. Its amenities are top-notch too and range from gourmet dining to an outdoor swimming pool, an air-conditioned library, and a fully-equipped gym.
Kichwa Tembo is a deluxe safari camp set on the rolling plains of the Masai Mara.
The lodge has 40 luxury tents and they come with all the comforts you’d expect, including air-conditioning, private bathrooms, and a lounge area. The lodge also offers a wealth of activities, from cultural visits to game drives, birdwatching, and bush walks.
Country: South Africa
Rich in culture, history, and breathtaking beauty, Cape Town is a place that never fails to amaze. The city boasts iconic destinations such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, and the Cape of Good Hope.
It is also home to several incredible national parks which hold an amazing array of wild animals, such as the African penguin, great white shark, and southern right whale.
Where to Stay for a Luxury Cape Town Safari
You won’t have to look further than these two safari lodges for a luxurious safari experience in Cape Town.
Ikhaya Safari Lodge
For awe-inducing views of the Klein Karoo and Swartberg Mountains stay at the Ikhaya safari lodge. That, plus the lodge offers tastefully designed rooms, lighting-quick services, and contemporary amenities.
Spanish Farm Guest Lodge by Raw Africa Boutique
This luxurious guest lodge is situated on a working ostrich and sheep farm, making it a true escape from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town.
The lodge offers guests a selection of luxury suites that come with their own private terraces, spa treatments, and a restaurant that serves delicious South African cuisine.
Madikwe Game Reserve
Location: South Africa
A stunning mix of hauntingly beautiful landscapes, huge wildlife varieties, and a great selection of luxury lodges, the Madikwe Game Reserve is as much of a safari dream as one can imagine.
Surprisingly, the wildlife reserve doesn’t receive as much attention as the other national parks on this list which makes it an excellent choice for those who like their safaris exclusive and uncrowded.
To make it worth your while are over 86 different mammal species (including the Big Five), over 350 bird species, and more tree varieties than one can count.
Some of our best luxury lodges in the reserve include;
- Rhulani safari lodge
- Thakadu River Camp
- Jamala Madikwe
A UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s largest inland delta, the Okavango Delta has the words ‘dream safari’ written all over it.
There’s an incredibly breathtaking scenery to be discovered here, one that includes countless lagoons, rivers, and marshlands.
The delta also hosts over 130 mammal species, 480 bird species, over 1,000 plant species, and more reptiles and fish than we can wrap our heads around.
Some popular luxury lodges in the Okavango include;
- andBeyond Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp
- andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge
- andBeyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp