South Africa has some of the best safari lodges in Africa, as well as spectacular city and seaside hotels. Whether you’re headed for the bush or beach on your South Africa safari, you’ll find something on Art of Safari’s shortlist of the best South Africa safari lodges that will get you excited about visiting the rainbow nation.
South Africa has so much to offer, it can be hard to know where to start. Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work for you by curating a collection of the very best South Africa safari lodges. While it’s hard to resist the call of the wild at the southern tip of the continent, civilisation also beckons in the shape of grand old city hotels, and their slick boutique neighbours.
Where you choose to stay is often a matter of taste, which makes Cape Town and the nearby Cape Winelands a standout on the menu. Unrivalled as a gastronomic destination, Cape Town also features some delightful accommodation options. They’re not all in the city proper – some can be found along the rugged coastline of the Cape Peninsula.
Many of South Africa’s best private game reserves were once farms, and this rural tradition of warm hospitality still prevails. No matter whether you stay in a luxury tented camp (where, ostensibly, nothing has changed in generations) or in a modern glass-fronted lodge juxtaposed with the wilderness, you’ll feel both cossetted and close to nature.
It’s this combination of innovation and outstanding service that has kept South Africa at the forefront of safari travel. Then there’s the fact that the best South Africa safari lodges tick every box, from divine dining experiences to exceptional wildlife viewing.