15 February 2017
Travel in Africa is exciting and fraught with surprise but if you know you are staying in comfy lodgings then you feel ready for anything. There are literally hundreds of safari lodges and hotels offering everything from budget to deluxe accommodation to families, honeymoon couples and groups of friends. Take a look at our 5 best safari resorts in Africa and see if you can experience at least one of them this season:
Kasaka River Camp boasts magnificent riverside beauty, fantastic sport fishing opportunities, incredible game drives and thrilling walking safaris. It is so true that Zambia’s Lower Zambezi valley is one of Africa’s last great wilderness areas. To really experience its breath-taking scenery and incredible wildlife, stay a while at Kasaka River Lodge, a 20-bed tented camp offering an authentic and memorable safari experience. Each chalet nestles on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Chiawa Game Management area in a natural bush environment only 4 km by road from the Lower Zambezi National Park. Enjoy regular sightings of buffalo, elephant, hippo and crocodile.
Become part of the owners’ philosophy of combining a tranquil, off the beaten track destination for guests while supporting local environmental, cultural and natural resources. Take part in an unmatched variety of activities including day and night drives, boats cruises, walking safaris or our flagship experience, canoeing – which offers you the opportunity to view wildlife from a more natural perspective. The Lower Zambezi is also widely known as one of the best places to catch (and release) a tiger fish or two. Relax! Put your feet up, curl up amongst plump cushions with a good book and enjoy the home away from home aura.
This safari resort stands out because boating is the central theme and the best way to see magnificent wildlife in the awesome Liwonde National Park of Malawi. See elephants and huge crocs, night birds and more when you go boating on river or lagoon. Or make yourself at home on the deck of the main lounge area situated just above the water where a telescope is ready to see birds up close. Mvuu Wilderness Lodge will also treat you to a traditional village visit to experience the simplicity of village life. Relax in a hammock back at the lodge and observe wild animals as they congregate for a drink.
Mvuu means “hippo” in Tonga and the name epitomises the large pods of these water-loving mammals that float in the river. Find 8 luxury tents with private decks in this lush and fertile area, an excellent game viewing and honeymoon destination. Lodge facilities include a dining room, pub, lounge area and a swimming pool. Why not go out on the Rhino Tracking Experience, a two- to three-hour guided drive and walk, tracking the endangered black rhino and learning how they are monitored and conserved?
Find the exquisite Black Rhino Game Lodge tucked away in an ancient Tamboti forest overlooking a vibrant waterhole on Black Rhino Reserve, a private concession of Pilanesberg National Park. Appreciate this totally South Africa holiday safari resort at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater that today comprises one of South Africa’s most exciting Big 5 eco-tourism destinations, the greater Pilanesberg National Park.
Set off from here, accompanied by your personal game ranger, to explore a 58 000ha malaria free wildlife wonderland and discover the magic of the African bush. Black Rhino Game Lodge is the ideal safari resort for an African bushveld breakaway. It is often that the stillness of the night is broken by the roaring of lions then you awaken to the singing of the Francolin wake up call.
Onguma means “The place you don’t want to leave” in Herero and definitely applies to this tented camp. Enjoy the perfect combination of African style chic, attentive service and scintillating wildlife encounters. Witness predators as they hunt prey and get a glimpse of the rare black-faced impala. You can choose to go game viewing in both the private Onguma Reserve and within the greater Etosha National Park then return to your luxury tented accommodation for rest and relaxation.
Linked by gravel pathways, all tents feature raised wooden decks with some shade and lovely outside seating areas, sliding glass doors and large mesh windows, fans, tea and coffee stations, animal skin rugs, walk in stone showers and large free-standing bathtubs with amazing views of the bush. Onguma Tented Camp is designed around a waterhole so look out for elephant, giraffe, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, eland, wildebeest, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah. Enjoy game viewing – nature walks, safari drives, bird watching – or sheer relaxation at the waterhole in the camp. Sip a sundowner at the camp bar – wind down after a full day of game viewing! Follow the walkway to the infinity pool, an attractive area where beanbags and a few sun loungers entice guests to relax and swim all day.
Enjoy the simple pleasures of desert luxury and elegance at the Tswalu – The Motse nestling at the foot of the Korannaberg mountains, facing westwards across the grasslands of the Kalahari. Embrace the primal qualities of Africa blending with the stylish and graceful features of this little gem to create a magical retreat for those seeking total escapism. Watch all sorts of wildlife congregating around the nearby watering hole.
Motse means “village” in Tswana and this safari resort village consists of just 9 spacious and secluded “legae” (another Tswana word, for “little house”) or suites built of local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch. Enjoy the spacious bedroom with open fire, sumptuous en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower, and large dressing and study area. Your private sun deck overlooks a waterhole and the changing Kalahari animals it attracts. Make the most of the welcoming infinity pool and its endless views over the savannahs. A secluded spa is designed to complete your total relaxation while a mezzanine library is equipped with satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Browse the museum cases displaying rare artefacts from the area.