Going on an African safari is easily on everyone’s travel bucket list, but these 10 safari resorts and lodges are way beyond what you’ve ever dreamed of. Why go on a drive through the plains when you can just look at elephants in your 5-star suite during a bath? Here’s 10 luxury safari lodges you should consider for your future trip to Africa.
LONDOLOZI LODGE Sabi Sand, South Africa
Besides the fact that you can take a bath while watching a bunch elephants hang out in a watering hole, the Londolozi Lodge in Sabi Sand is beyond cool. Sitting roughly on 35,00 acres of protected land, it includes five luxurious lodges within Kruger National Park. And yes, you need to check out its private granite suites.
ANDBEYOND NXABEGA OKAVANGO Sabi Sand, South Africa
You’ll find andBeyond properties all over South Africa, but it’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve is pretty on point. Besides its guided game drives which allow you to see hyenas and antelope up close, who doesn’t want to stop for a casual dinner in the African plains?
BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE Clanwilliam, Western Cape, South Africa
You’ll feel like you’re really getting the South African experience at the incredibly picturesque Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve. Between the native fynbos herbs and local meat and views of the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, this is about authentic as it gets.
SINGITA KRUGER NATIONAL PARK Kruger National Park, South Africa
Private infinity pools and loft-style suites with sprawling views of Kruger National Park make this Singita property one of the best safari resorts to stay at. The best part? It’s Lebombo Lodge, which looks like it it’s sitting on stilts with floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden walkways right near the Sweni River.
LION SANDS Sabi Sand, South Africa
Four incredibly luxurious lodges make up Lion Sands Resort in Sabi Sand, which began back as a private vacation home in 1933. You’ll get unhindered views of the Sands River and access to private plunge pools and even yes, butlers. The resort’s treehouses are where it’s at, though.
SINGITA GRUMETI Serengeti, Tanzania
One look at the Serengeti House in Tanzania and you’re going to be trying to think of many illegal ways of how you can afford the $9,155 daily house rate. Find up to four friends and split it, because Singita Grumeti’s Serengeti House sits within 350,000 acres of land next to Serengeti National Park. Colonial manour houses, antique baths, plunge pools and an archery range just add to its coolness.
SERENGETI SERENA SAFARI LODGE Serengeti, Tanzania
If you really want to get authentic, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge features lodges with traditional African architecture (but with all the modern amenities you’ll want included.) Meant to blend into the landscape, the lodge is right next to the famed Western Corridor and Grumeti River. And a short drive away lets you see elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and buffalo up close.
FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB Aitong, Kenya
Surrounded by the Mara River, Fairmont Mara Safari Club has these four poster beds in safari-style tents that I’m kind of obsessed with. Plus the fact that their verandas overlook a river filled with hippos is something to note, too.
LION SANDS GAME RESERVE Sabi Sands, South Africa
African artifacts line the rooms at Lion Sands Game Reserve in Sabi Sands, and all come with a view worthy of its price tag. Private terraces and expert game drives that let you view elephants and lions are also a huge plus.
SABYINYO SILVERBACK LODGE Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda
If you ever wanted to hang out with Mountain Gorillas, consider staying at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Rwanda. The lodge specializes in taking its guests on treks through the Parc National des Volcans, where you’ll see a chain of 15,000-foot volcanoes and gorillas.