The wildlife encounters are definitely something to look forward to when staying the night in the African Safari but there’s more to the experience than this. South Africa is famous for its mesmerizing landscapes, astonishing views and world class food and wine. You can expect a complete and absolutely fabulous experience. But where will you be staying? Well, there are plenty of options! Here are our top 10 choices!
1. Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
When you’re sleeping the night in the wild, especially in world class National Parks with the wildest of animals, you prefer to sleep perched high above the ground for safety reasons – but who said safety wasn’t also enchanting? The views are beautiful from up here! Visitors get to sleep in a tree without missing out on any luxury. This amazing lodge offers 10 suites all wrapped in the beauty and privacy of the mahogany forest. Each suite has a private deck from where you can spot animals but don’t worry, the lions can’t get you way up here!
2. The Ulusaba Game Reserve
An amazing and unique retreat situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand Reserve, on the border of the famous Kruger National Park. As a guest, you’ll benefit from the experience of some of the finest and most qualified rangers and trackers who will show you the wild side of this region in the safest manner possible. The location and the interior design of this retreat is luxurious and you’ll be able to admire the panoramic landscape from the infinity pool or from the deck – luxury at its finest.
3. Singita Sweni Lodge
Located within the famous Kruger National Park, the lodge gets you close to all the spectacular animals and species, including the crocodiles and hippos right from your private deck! Imagine waking up to that?! This lodge is a mesmerizing sanctuary for animals and guests alike, providing a tranquil and rustic feel within the entire facility. The lodge is built on stilts on the banks of the Sweni River and it offers six suites to floor-to-ceiling glass walls that offer stunning views. They all have large decks and outdoor showers – a beautiful experience!
4. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
This stunning lodge is perches on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater, which is where it gets its name from! The surrounding area provides breathtaking views of the wilderness and its a lodge that makes up three camps each operating independently and they each have a private viewing deck overlooking the crater. During the day you’ll get to spot zebra and other animals but at night it all gets a little more serious so you won’t be able to leave the camp without a Masai warrior escort. Sounds exciting!
5. Kichwa Tembo Bateleur Camp
A beautiful and unique campsite with the romantic elements of the 1920’s with a modern design! This campsite maintains a high level of eco consciousness and takes pride in the fact that everything remains the same after the guides and the visitors come back from their trips. Of course, you can also find luxury here! You’ll be able to enjoy a spa, a gym and even an outdoor pool.
6. Makanyane Safari Lodge
Yes, here an elephant will walk past your room in the morning – how amazing is that? This rustic yet elegant lodge is situated on private land within the Madikwe Game Reserve so it offers an exclusive glimpse at the wildlife. Elephants stroll through camp occasionally but if you want to see more you can explore the reserve either on foot or by jeep accompanied by guides. You’ll also be able to see leopards and lions and you’ll get to admire the amazing landscape first hand.
7. Thanda Private Game Reserve
As a guest here, you’ll be able to relax in beautiful rooms with canopy ceilings and blazing fires, you’ll get to enjoy outdoor showers, wilderness strolls where you can spot exotic animals and you’ll also get to enjoy private plunge pools while relaxing outside admiring the views. It’s a romantic and exclusive destination where nature and humans coexist in harmony. You can choose from nine villas and six tented camps and you have the opportunity to dive with the sharks in the ocean if you prefer a little more adrenaline. That’s right, sharks.
8. Singita Boulders Lodge
This amazing resort sits hidden in the South Africa’s Kruger National Park and it gives you opportunity to track lions, rhinos and much more while also enjoying hotel luxury. You get to enjoy the swimming pools, have wine tasting in the wine cellar and to relax in your marvelous suite. Just look at that pool – great place to have a glass on wine and relax in the most wildest National Parks.
9. Molori Safari Lodge
Speaking of places where nature meets luxury, check out the Molori Safari Lodge! Not only can you experience all the animals of the safari but you can also find the largest private telescope in the Southern Hemisphere here! This place gives stargazing a whole new meaning in South Africa! There are no city lights or pollution (sorry to say) to block out the magnificent views! What’s also amazing is that, at this lodge, you can enjoy a romantic dinner while elephants pass by just a few yards away. So get close to Africa’s most spectacular animals and enjoy a unique experience.
10. Mahali Mzuri
At the Mahali Mzuri it’ll be easy to forget about everything that’s bothering you and easy to fall in love with this extraordinary place with the spectacular views. The lodge is a combination of comfort, luxury and tradition. Guests can enjoy candlelight dinners and can have unique adventures. All in all, it’s a dreamy experience guaranteed to inspire you.