Africa is the only real place in the world where you can see big game animals in their natural habitat just roaming around and behaving like they have for thousands of years. And since the 1800s, man has been fascinated to get a glimpse of these animals and get up close to study them.
To cater for this demand, game parks and accommodations started spreading all over Africa and the safari was born. Safari lodges today are a far cry of what they once were and a new breed of luxury and eco-friendly lodges have appeared.
Today there are numerous tented encampments that encapsulate the olden days of the Victorian explorers, they are opulent and have a certain grandeur to them. In this blog we look at some of the most elite safari lodges that exist in Africa today.
Londolozi Private Granite Suites – South Africa
Forget the dusty tents of yesterday with no running water, if you travel to the Kruger National Park in South Africa and visit the Londolozi Private Granite Suites, prepare yourself for luxury and pampering in one of the most unique locations on earth, the Sabi Sands.
The accommodation is indeed unique as there are only three lodges / suites available that overlook the fabulous granite rocks which emerge from the Sabi River. The lodges are state of the art with polished concrete, bare stone walls and exciting modern décor. Each lodge actually has its own infinity pool where guests can relax and sip a drink whilst enjoying the splendid views.
Jack’s Camp – Botswana
One of the best and most friendly African countries to go and see the magnificent animals is Botswana. But unlike many safari camps settled around the Okavango Delta, Jack’s Camp in Kalahari allows more intrepid tourists to explore the vast Kalahari Desert.
Of course, no accommodation would suit the unusual landscape of a desert better than a Bedouin tent. And that is exactly where you will be staying if you visit Jack’s Camp. You can feel like a Bedouin sheikh as you lounge on beautiful soft furnishings while you take a fig or two from a silver platter.
Angama Mara – Kenya
This lodge in the Masai Mara gives possibly the best views of the Great Rift Valley below due to its lofty elevated position. There are times when you could consider yourself being outdoors as the wonderful design of 33 feet floor-to-ceiling windows bring the wilderness outside into the lodge.
Chinzombo – Zambia
Chinzombo is one of the great hidden secrets in the South Luangwa National Park, the lodge is set in the beautiful and unexplored reserve adjacent to the great Luangwa River. Chinzombo features six well-appointed villas that are spread out under the lush canopy of the forest.
Staying at Chinzombo is akin to a gorgeous holiday villa in any exotic holiday location in the world. No detail has been spared to offer guests the ultimate in luxury including individual swimming pools and open verandas with lounge seating to offer the most incredible views. In part two of our series we visit Tanzania as well as Zimbabwe in search of the best safari lodge in Africa.