From villa-sized suites in South Africa’s game-packed Sabi Sands to private tented camps in exclusive Serengeti concessions, we've carefully selected the best accommodation in Africa's top wildlife reserves. So whether you long to seek out big cats on a tense pre-dawn game drive or watch huge herds of wildlife on seemingly endless plains, our pick of Africa luxury safari destinations not only delivers fantastic game viewing but also superb accommodation, five-star service and gourmet food with a wine list to match.
A South Africa luxury safari in the Kruger private reserves, malaria-free Madikwe or the Eastern Cape's Big 5 reserves means phenomenal game viewing with top guides as well as all those pampering extras from flawless service to fine cuisine.
It's no coincidence, however, that most of our recommended lodges lie in the world-renowned Sabi Sands Reserve. Not only is this private Kruger reserve one of the best destinations in Africa to see the Big 5 but it is also home to big names like Londolozi and Singita – the pioneers of the luxury safari experience.
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Botswana has an enviable reputation as one of Africa's prime safari destinations: its huge, remote reserves have tons of animals, superb guides and – compared to other safari destinations – very few visitors.
For a truly luxurious Botswana safari we’d recommend flying into one of our small, exclusive camps set in private concessions on the green waterways of the Okavango Delta, or choose from other top Botswana safari destinations including the beautiful lily-covered wetlands of the Moremi Game Reserve and the heavyweight Chobe National Park. In each of these reserves we’ve carefully selected luxurious and elegant accommodation for a true wildlife experience without sacrificing any creature comforts.
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Kenya safaris have become so popular that legendary reserves like the Masai Mara can get quite busy with queues of minibuses jostling for space at a lion kill. But not with our Kenya luxury safaris. You'll enjoy intimate lodges and tented camps in private concessions far from the safari crowds. And not only will you be treated to thrilling big game viewing but staying in private concessions gives you the chance to step out of your vehicle and experience unforgettable walking safaris led by Maasai guides.
And for the ultimate in exclusivity, consider staying in a private safari villa. Kenya villas have their own safari guide and vehicle so you can enjoy game drives with just your friends and family when you feel like it, then chat about the day’s sightings over delicious meals served up on your private deck.
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If you're looking for iconic imagery and classic savannah landscapes filled with wildlife, then Tanzania is a hard destination to beat. How about a luxurious camp with big walk-in tents in a private concession on the Serengeti plains or an opulent lodge perched on the rim of the astonishing Ngorongoro Crater?
We also have a fine selection of accommodation in the less-visited parks in the west and south of the country, and would highly recommend rounding off your luxury Tanzania safari with a few sunny days on a tropical island off the Tanzanian coast.
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