Where to stay on safari in Africa Luxury African Safari Lodges, Curated For You

You’ll certainly be spoilt for choice when picking a luxury African safari lodge to stay in. Not only are there boutique hotel rooms, mobile tented suites, hillside villas and beach bandas, but there are treehouses, star beds and fly camps too. These are the best of the best.

ol Donyo Lodge

Sleep under the stars, enjoy horseback safaris or mountain biking, or simply gaze at Mount Kilimanjaro, the distant plains or the much-visited waterhole at ol Donyo Lodge. Set on a…

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Thonga Beach Lodge

iSimangaliso Wetland Park was South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, and with good reason. It’s a mosaic of interwoven habitats – estuary, beach, dune, forest and reef – and possesses…

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Sirikoi

Nestled in a shady acacia forest overlooking a natural waterhole, Sirikoi offers private game drives and activities in the mammal-rich Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Stay in a luxury tent, a two-bedroom…

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Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

The private NamibRand Nature Reserve is a place of serene sand dunes and rugged mountains – a complete escape into a timeless and tranquil world. Whether stargazing from the comfort…

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Gorah Elephant Camp

Encounter one of the world’s densest population of elephant at Gorah Elephant Camp, a luxury South African safari lodge set on a private conservancy in the Addo Elephant National Park.…

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Kirkman's Kamp

Travel back in time to the colonial era of the 1920s, when intrepid explorers came to test their mettle in the African bush. With candlelit baths, extravagant meals and guided…

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The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa

Stay on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, with the peaks of the 12 Apostles mountains guarding your back. Watch whale and dolphin traverse the sea while you dine on…

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Ngare Serian

Get the ultimate escape at Ngare Serian, just four tents scattered along the Mara River accessible only by narrow rope bridge. Set in the exclusive Pusinkariak Conservancy, it’s the perfect…

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Sasaab

Discover Kenya’s lesser-known Samburu National Reserve from the comforts of Sasaab, located just west of it. With Moroccan-style suites, indulgent spa treatments, game drives, bush breakfasts, cultural trips, camel rides,…

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Loisaba Tented Camp

Whether relaxing in the infinity pool, lazing on your sundeck or dining al fresco, you’re guaranteed uninterrupted views of pristine wilderness from Loisaba Tented Camp, all the way to Mount…

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Sabora Tented Camp

Explore the Serengeti in style at Sabora Tented Camp, an elegant 1920s-themed lodge with swimming pool, tennis court, spa and Jacuzzi. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your daybed…

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Faru Faru Lodge

With its mini Serengeti beaches, infinity pools and spa, it’s difficult to leave Faru Faru Lodge. The good news is you don’t need to: it has a waterhole plus it’s…

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Tintswalo Atlantic

Lying within Table Mountain National Park, on the foothills of Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Atlantic offers an intimate beachfront escape. Enjoy watersports, nature walks and hikes, pool and seaside lazing, or…

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Hoanib Skeleton Coast

Hoanib Skeleton Coast is set in the remote Kunene region of Namibia, with access to the Palmwag area and semi-mythical Skeleton Coast. The surrounding landscape seems harsh and inhospitable, but…

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Ngala Tented Camp

The clean lines and uncluttered style of Ngala Tented Camp mean that there are very few distractions from the ultimate luxury – spending time in the wilderness and enjoying close…

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Ibo Island Lodge

Ibo Island Lodge offers all the luxuries of an exclusive boutique hotel with the architectural delight of staying in restored, historic mansions. Here you can look forward to compelling activities…

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Somalisa Camp

Somalisa Camp is located at the epicentre of elephant activity in the renowned Hwange National Park. This luxury Zimbabwean safari lodge offers breathtaking views of the savannah plains across the…

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White Pearl Mozambique

The elegant simplicity of White Pearl Mozambique is perfectly suited to its location on a wide sweep of pristine beach on the southeast coast of the country. Enjoy exploring the…

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Loisaba Star Beds

Appreciate the vastness of the Kenyan wilderness from your plush double bed, which can be wheeled outdoors for an incomparable night under the stars. Located in Laikipia, Loisaba Star Beds…

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Tau Pan

The Central Kalahari Game Reserve is the second largest game reserve in the world, and the sense of space and remoteness is palpable. This vast space offers the luxury of…

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Elsa’s Kopje Meru

Take an open-air bath on your porch, overlooking the plains of Meru National Park; walk in the footsteps of the lion-loving Adamsons, made famous by Born Free; or enjoy a…

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Chem Chem Lodge

Surrounded by an oasis of palms, Chem Chem Lodge is located in the migration corridor between Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks. With eight elegant tented suites, a pool and…

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Siwandu

Discover Siwandu, a luxury tented camp on the shores of Lake Nzerakera. With game drives, water safaris and guided walks in the Selous Game Reserve, you’ll get to know this…

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Marataba Trails Lodge

Be one of just eight people to enjoy the unadulterated wilderness of the off-the-grid Marataba Trails Lodge. Tucked into a valley in a private concession within Marakele National Park, this…

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Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Cradled in the branches of a mahogany forest, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge has 10 stilted suites nestled in Lake Manyara National Park. From lakeside sundowners beneath dramatic escarpments to game…

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Serengeti Under Canvas

Moving to different Serengeti campsites along the Great Wildebeest Migration path, Serengeti Under Canvas makes sure to offer the best possible sightings of this spectacular event. Here, you’ll experience an…

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Bushmans Kloof

Discover an ancient art gallery at Bushmans Kloof, 7,500ha of private wilderness where the San once roamed. Visit some of the 130 rock-art sites, spot the rare Cape mountain zebra…

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Tarangire Treetops

Indulge in a luxurious treehouse vacation at Tarangire Treetops, with views overlooking the baobab-studded Tarangire National Park. Whether you want to get active with swimming, birdwatching or walking safaris, or…

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Mwiba Lodge

Truly get away from it all at Mwiba Lodge, where just 10 tented suites are tucked among boulders overlooking a river gorge in the southern Serengeti. In this exclusive concession,…

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Little Ongava

Little Ongava is a luxury Namibian safari lodge in the private Ongava Game Reserve, which adjoins the iconic Etosha National Park. Ongava is a conservation success story – the spectacular…

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Ras Kutani

Enjoy sandy beaches and tropical waters on the edge of a lagoon at Ras Kutani, where 14 luxury suites are dotted amid an indigenous forest overlooking the shores of the…

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Jongomero

Jongomero is situated in the most isolated southern sector of the Ruaha National Park, along the banks of a seasonal river. Here, explore untouched and diverse landscapes during game drives,…

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Little Kulala

Set in the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, Little Kulala gives you exclusive access to Sossusvlei and the remote landscapes of Deadvlei and Sesriem. Explore this dramatic and Martian-like world by…

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Serengeti Mobile Camp

Moving between the north, south and west Serengeti throughout the year, a stay at Serengeti Mobile Camp – a luxury Tanzanian safari lodge with just 11 tents – guarantees viewings…

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San Camp

In any location, the classic white tents of San Camp would be eye-catching; on the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans, this luxury Botswanan safari lodge manages to both stand out…

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

Inspired by the nests of sociable weavers and clad in timber scales that resemble the armour of a pangolin, Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge is an eco-friendly escape set on a…

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Azura Quilalea Private Island

An isolated retreat, Azura Quilalea Private Island is one of the southernmost islands on Mozambique’s Quirimbas Archipelago. Snorkel or dive straight off the beach in front of your villa at…

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Ebony Lodge

Explore big-cat country at Ebony Lodge, located along the Sand River in an exclusive reserve within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Experience the warmth of a family home combined with…

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Lamai Serengeti

Hidden among the Kogakuria Kopje rocks, Lamai Serengeti’s open-fronted suites offer commanding views over the Serengeti plains. While you’ll see the Great Wildebeest Migration cross the nearby Mara River in…

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

Victoria Falls River Lodge is a true luxury Zimbabwean safari lodge. Although close to the amenities and adventure activities of the town of Victoria Falls, it lies within the Zambezi…

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Vamizi Island

Nestled among turquoise waters, white sands and tropical forests are the six impossibly romantic villas of Vamizi Island. Here, you'll be spoiled by a private butler, personal chef and skilled…

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Segera Retreat

Segera Retreat, made up of eight luxurious villas on a private reserve in the Laikipia Plateau, showcases African art from a private collection, as well as rare explorer's memorabilia including…

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Legendary Lodge

Relax before or after your safari at Legendary Lodge, a boutique hotel in lush tropical gardens on a coffee farm outside of Arusha. With breathtaking views, delicious food and activities…

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Zarafa Camp

The Selinda Reserve, where Zarafa Camp is situated, is the Grand Central Station of northern Botswana, where large herds of animals travelling between the Okavango Delta and Chobe/Savute corridors come…

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Savute Safari Lodge

In the west of Chobe National Park, the Savute Channel or ‘Stolen River’ floods and dries up on its own mysterious schedule. Set on its banks, Savute Safari Lodge overlooks…

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Ngoma Safari Lodge

Enjoy panoramic views over the wildlife-rich Chobe River and floodplain from Ngoma Safari Lodge, a luxury Botswanan safari lodge on the doorstep of Chobe National Park where you can find…

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Saruni Ocean

Kenya’s south-coast beaches host some hidden gems when it comes to luxury lodges. Saruni Ocean takes the Indian Ocean experience to a new level by offering not just beach and…

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Giraffe Manor

Get up close and personal with the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe at Giraffe Manor, a luxury Kenyan lodge with a beautiful garden in Nairobi. Stay in one of 10 grand rooms,…

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Mnemba Island

Discover white sands and turquoise waters, playful dolphin and some of Africa’s best dive sites at Mnemba Island, a romantic beach paradise with 11 guest bandas on a palm-fronded beach.…

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Linkwasha Camp

Linkwasha Camp sets the standard for luxury Zimbabwean safari lodges in Zimbabwe. The wildlife viewing is unsurpassed, thanks to the Linkwasha being situated in a private concession within Hwange National…

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Cape Cadogan

Feel the heartbeat of Cape Town at Cape Cadogan, a boutique hotel in Cape Town’s City Bowl surrounded by vibrant bars, restaurants, boutiques and nightlife. Enjoy stunning views of Table…

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Tsala Treetop Lodge

Whether you’re looking to simply unwind or are after some excitement, Tsala Treetop Lodge will meet your needs. Enjoy pampering spa treatments at this enchanting forest hideaway, or get your…

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Phinda Rock Lodge

Phinda Rock Lodge combines getting away from it all with being immersed in dramatic, untouched landscapes. The unique adobe-style stone suites resemble small castles floating on the very edge of…

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Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp

Set in a forest overlooking the Grumeti River, which snakes through the western Serengeti National Park, you’ll find Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp. Enjoy spectacular wildlife sightings year round, or come…

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Bateleur Camp

Gaze over the plains from an intimate forest setting at the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment – at the very edge of the Masai Mara. A private butler, exceptional game…

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Le Quartier Français

Explore the quaint village of Franschhoek from Le Quartier Français, a country-style boutique hotel in the centre of town. Hike, bike or horse ride through the valley, discovering abundant natural…

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Sala’s Camp

Set under tall riverine trees on the banks of the Sand River in the southern Masai Mara, Sala’s Camp is perfectly situated for lengthy sightings of the Great Wildebeest Migration.…

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The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille

At first glance, The Sanctuary at Ol Lentille is not dissimilar to other luxury Kenyan safari lodges: a spectacular location in a game-rich setting. It offers an unabashedly different experience,…

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Serian the Original

Set your own pace in the Masai Mara with your own dedicated safari vehicle, guide and spotter and a host of activities, including walking safaris in a private conservancy, fly…

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Ruckomechi Camp

Ruckomechi Camp is a luxury Zimbabwean safari lodge in a remote wilderness concession in western Mana Pools National Park. It’s renowned for its dry season wildlife concentrations, and for sightings…

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Perched on the rim of the crater, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is divided into three private camps, each with unbeatable views. From this luxury Tanzanian safari lodge, you’ll enjoy game drives,…

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Solio Lodge

Enjoy guaranteed sightings of the endangered black and white rhino at Solio Lodge, located in Kenya’s oldest rhino sanctuary, the private Solio Conservancy. Tucked between Mount Kenya and the Aberdare…

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Vumbura Plains

Vumbura Plains is both ground-breaking and ecologically sensitive. Despite there being two satellite lodges on the same site, the overriding sense is of intimacy and personal service. It’s also one…

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Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Discover what it was like to stay in the safari camps of the 1930s at Serengeti Pioneer Camp, which has all the style of an almost forgotten era. Here you…

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Angama Mara

Share endless views over the Masai Mara with raptors and hot-air balloons from the luxurious Angama Mara, high above the Great Rift Valley. Indulge in the scenery, the food, beading…

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Sasakwa Lodge

Get the ultimate VIP experience at elegant Sasakwa Lodge. With spa, gym and tennis court – as well as private infinity pools at it’s 10 guest cottages and sprawling views…

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Saruni Samburu

Feel like you’re on top of the world at Saruni Samburu, where six luxury villas perch atop a rocky outcrop overlooking 8,000ha of pristine wilderness. With private game drives, indulgent…

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Cape Grace

Set on a private quay at the V&A waterfront, Cape Grace offers an elegant hotel experience that combines the history of the Cape with understated luxury. Enjoy private yacht charters,…

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Londolozi Tree Camp

Follow the spoor of leopard, lion, elephant, rhino or buffalo on game drives or interpretive walking safaris, do outdoor yoga or dine in the wild at Londolozi Tree Camp. Situated…

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Onguma The Fort

Onguma The Fort is a luxury Namibian safari lodge like no other. Stone walls protect against the heat, while the tower offers unbeatable views of the pans. Etosha has long…

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The Motse

Located on the distinctive red sands of the Kalahari, with unique wildlife from desert black rhino to meerkat and pangolin, The Motse offers a safari experience like no other. Explore…

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Tortilis Camp Amboseli

Enjoy unobstructed views of Mount Kilimanjaro from Tortilis Camp Amboseli, set on a 12,000ha private conservancy where some of Africa’s largest elephants roam. From relaxing massages to swimming in the…

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Duba Expedition Camp

Get to the the heart of the Okavango Delta, where a 31,000ha private reserve is yours to explore. From day and night game drives or boat safaris to catch-and-release fishing…

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Madikwe Lelapa Lodge

Set on 76,000ha of conserved land with a well-visited waterhole, Madikwe Lelapa Lodge offers plenty of safari activities, as well as opportunities to relax: in your private plunge pool, at…

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Kuro Tarangire

Imagine six stylish tents in the heart of the African wild. Picture them at an unfenced, authentic camp overlooking an elephant walking trail and the dry, sandy Tarangire River, navigated…

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Kanga Camp

Most of the luxury Zimbabwean safari lodges in Mana Pools are on the banks of the Zambezi River, but Kanga Camp is different. An inland gem, it’s situated by a…

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Klein’s Camp

Discover panoramic views of the Serengeti and Masai Mara from Klein’s Camp, set on an exclusive wilderness concession bordering both national parks. Tucked on the crest of the Kuka Hills,…

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Sand Rivers Selous

Tuck your toes into the sand, watch the sun set over the water, listen to hippo splash or go on exciting game drives before the sky lights up with stars…

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Beho Beho

With a backdrop of plains, hills and woodlands, panoramic views of the Rufiji river floodplain, and Lake Tagalala on its doorstep, Beho Beho is ideally situated in the highlands of…

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Kings Pool

Set in the private Linyanti Concession, among Africa’s highest density of elephant, the luxury Botswanan safari lodge Kings Pool looks down over the Linyati River and Kings Pool Lagoon. Watch…

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Serian the Nest

Experience a true African adventure by sleeping under the stars at The Nest, a treehouse next to the Mara River. Whether a family adventure or a romantic getaway for two,…

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Mara River Tented Camp

On a U-bend of the Mara River, Mara River Tented Camp gives you front-row seats to multiple river crossings of the Great Wildebeest Migration. Boasting incredible Serengeti views, abundant wildlife…

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Elephant Watch Camp

Get to know the elephant families of Samburu National Reserve at Elephant Watch Camp. Here you can stay in one of six unique tents, located on the sandy banks of…

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The Manor at Ngorongoro

Adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, The Manor at Ngorongoro allows you to retreat from the crowds and discover Ngorongoro Crater at your own pace. Explore the 600ha coffee estate…

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Victoria Falls Hotel

Join the ranks of royalty, celebrities and other discerning travellers when you stay at the elegant Victoria Falls Hotel. Overlooking Victoria Falls Bridge and The Smoke that Thunders over the…

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Desert Rhino Camp

At first glance, the flat-topped mountains and rolling, rocky plains of Damaraland seem almost devoid of life, but hidden springs and sea mists provide the moisture required by all manner…

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Kalahari Plains Camp

Fall in love with the desert and its starry skies at Kalahari Plains Camp, set on an immense pan in the remote northern part of the Central Kalahari. Rugged and…

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Benguerra Island Lodge

Tucked into a lush indigenous forest overlooking a palm-fringed sandy beach on Benguerra Island, Benguerra Island Lodge – a luxury Mozambican beach lodge – is surrounded by a marine conservation…

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Ivory Lodge

A family-owned ‘home made to order by Mother Nature’, Ivory Lodge fuses style and substance to create a visually arresting luxury South African safari lodge. The More family’s role as…

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Boulders Safari Camp

Enjoy a pure wilderness experience at Boulders Safari camp, just four tented suites in the vast NamibRand Nature Reserve. At this luxury safari lodge, you'll discover unique desert landscapes and…

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Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp

Enjoy uninterrupted views of the Masai Mara and the Oloololo Escarpment at Kichwa Tembo: from your tent, the restaurant or the infinity pool, or nearby on safari, while tracking the…

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Cottar’s 1920s Camp

Take a step back in time at Cottar’s 1920s Camp, where the golden age of exploration meets modern-day adventure safaris in an untouched, exclusive conservancy. Expect endless savannahs straddling the…

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Little Chem Chem

Discover the Rift Valley Lakes from Little Chem Chem, which overlooks Lake Burungi on a conservancy that is the last wildlife corridor between Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks. Slow…

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Matetsi River Lodge

From its tranquil location on the banks of the Zambezi River, Matetsi River Lodge offers the best of both worlds. Authentic wildlife viewing experiences are a stone’s throw away, while…

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Lewa Wilderness

Bottle feed baby rhino at Lewa Wilderness, a luxury Kenyan safari lodge with dramatic Mount Kenya views. Set in 25,000ha of remote wilderness, this family-run establishment offers the chance to…

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Grootbos Forest Lodge

Follow the flower trail from Grootbos Forest Lodge, which is situated on 2,500ha of fynbos-dotted private land overlooking Walker Bay, just two hours from Cape Town. From birdwatching to Marine…

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Sanctuary Chief's Camp

Trace the steps of Chief Moremi via game drives or mokoro excursions at his former hunting grounds of Moremi Game Reserve. From scenic flights to indulgent spa treatments and gourmet…

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Mara Plains Camp

Cross a narrow wooden bridge suspended over the Ntiakitiak River to reach Mara Plains Camp, located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy just north of the Masai Mara National Reserve. This…

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Zawadi Hotel

Surrounded by swaying coconut palms and colourful bougainvillea, Zawadi Hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. With six elegant villas, an open-sided beach restaurant and bar and…

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Kilindi Zanzibar

Set in 20ha of tropical gardens overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Kilindi Zanzibar’s 15 stylish white-domed villas offer boutique accommodation on the island’s northwest coast. Here you’ll…

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Greystoke Mahale

Discover the chimps of the remote Mahale Mountain National Park at Greystoke Mahale, a lodge with six exclusive bandas overlooking Lake Tanganyika. From here, you can explore the lake's tranquil…

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Elephant Pepper Camp

Enjoy privacy and seclusion at the intimate Elephant Pepper Camp, nestled in a grove of elephant pepper trees in a prime but remote game viewing area in the Mara North…

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Phinda Vlei Lodge

From Phinda Vlei Lodge, you can explore the mosaic of different habitats that lend such variety to the Phinda Private Game Reserve. The charming thatched suites have elevated safari style…

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Azura Benguerra Island

Truly escape from it all at Azura Benguerra Island, a luxury Mozambican beach lodge set in a marine national park on the Bazaruto Archipelago. With your own private butler and…

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Sand River Masai Mara

Set along the Sand River with three crossing points, there’s no better place to watch the Great Wildebeest Migration than at Sand River Masai Mara. When not witnessing this miracle…

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