Africa offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunitiesin the world.
The Big 5: lion, elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo, and the elusive leopard take the center stage on a safari but the smaller, less glamorous animals like impalas, zebras and hyenas can be just as fun and exciting to see.
When it comes to safaris, nothing can beat the observation of the Great Migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti or Kenya’s Masai Mara.
Other great safari destinations are the Okavango Delta in Botswana and Kruger National Park in South Africa.
No wonder that Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges are all located within these areas.
This lodge is located right on the rim of the ancient volcanic Ngorongoro caldera, offering not only some of the best views in Africa, but also the possibility of a classic Big Five safari as the crater floor is teaming with wildlife. Room interiors are reminiscent of an elegant baroque chateau. Ensuite bathrooms with a centerpiece of fresh roses feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breath-taking views from all around of the incredible game-rich Crater. Versailles meets Masai in this unique African lodge!
- Hotel website: &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Little Kulala is situated in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve and consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched “kulalas” meaning ‘to sleep, which merge impeccably into the desert landscape, each with a private plunge pool and a rooftop bed for romantic star-gazing. Little Kulala’s interiors make use of neutral colors, gorgeous textures and natural light, and takes its inspiration from its surroundings, notably from the magnificent Dead Vlei. Desert-adapted wildlife such as ostrich, springbok and gemsbok eke out an existence and are sparsely distributed around Little Kulala. Larger carnivores, namely spotted and brown hyena and even cheetah are occasionally present.
- Hotel website: Little Kulala
SINGITA LEBOMBO LODGE, SOUTH AFRICA
Like a collection of eagles’ nests perched along the rugged cliff faces above the N’wanetsi River, Singita Lebombo Lodge looks out regally across the landscape. This boldly dramatic lodge, home to fifteen loft-style suites, is situated on Singita’s private concession in the Kruger National Park. The exclusive concession is a richly diverse habitat, teeming with game, beneath endless African skies. Imaginative wood, steel and organic interiors, all encased in glass, create a stylishly contemporary feel in the suites and make the most of the astonishing views overlooking the river.
- Hotel website: Singita Lebombo Lodge
Named after Chief Moremi, Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is located in the world-renowned Moremi Game Reserve. The camp is ideal for an exciting African safari due to the vast numbers of animals that congregate all year round. Chief’s Island is 1 of the many islands created by the seasonal flood waters of the Okavango Delta and is well-known for some of the finest game viewing in Southern Africa. Sanctuary Chief’s Camp has twelve luxury bush pavilions, all with their own private decks as well as both indoor and outdoor showers. The split-level main deck offers expansive views over the floodplain while the dining area surrounds a fire pit on the very edge of the Piajio plains.
- Hotel website: Chief’s Camp
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is set in Grumeti in northern Tanzania, which is part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Built on a gently sloping hill, this riverine lodge, positioned on the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than 2-M wildebeests, is a place where you can quite literally expect the unexpected. Informal, unconventional and surprising at every turn, Singita Faru Faru Lodge has seven one-bedroom suites, one family suite as well as one two-bedroom suite with private pool and is a mix of contemporary, organic style and the quirky practicality of a traditional botanist’s camp. With such close proximity to the river and plains, guests have the unique opportunity to experience a very close connection with the wilderness.
- Hotel website: Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Enjoy your travels.