July 13, 2020
5 Tips For Choosing The Best Luxury Safari Camp in Africa

The great wilderness areas of Africa have long been a huge draw for those seeking an extraordinary wildlife adventure If you long to visit this fascinating continent, you will want to experience the very best of it. One key part of your future adventure is finding the right safari accommodation for you – there is a huge range of options – from tented camps to luxury safari lodges. It all depends on what you’re looking for. Here are five things you might want to consider when choosing where you’ll stay.

Tips For Choosing The Best Luxury Safari Camp in Africa

Seeing Africa’s Greatest Animals

Africa has a remarkable ecosystem, home to a host of animals and birds including the famous Big Five animals and endangered gorillas. Searching for wildlife plays a key part in the wonders of an African safari and seeing any wildlife in its natural habitat is a big part of why many people visit Africa. Check out where your safari accommodation options are located – many are in prime wildlife spots in the heart of a game area, some may even overlook a waterhole where the game comes to drink, while others require a drive to the nearest wildlife viewing areas.

 Best African Safari Lodges for Game Viewing

  • Governor’s Camp, Masai Mara Game Reserve: Located in the forest along the banks of Mara River, this camp provides tourists with an ideal location for viewing animals like crocodiles, hippos and birds, as they gather along the river.
  • Mombo Camp, Okavango Delta: This camp, teeming with a high concentration of game, is situated on the north-eastern tip of the Chiefs Island and is the best place for big five sightings.
  • Sabora Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park: This camp lies in the centre of the Serengeti Plains and offers great sightings of zebra, buffaloes, and wildebeest migration.
  • Savute Elephant Lodge, Chobe National Park: This camp provides comfortable viewing, wherein you can watch elephants, hyenas and leopards as they quench their thirst by the waterhole.
  • Skukuza Rest Camp, Kruger National Park: This camp overlooks the southern banks of Sabie River. A busy camp with kingfishers, flycatchers, warthog, spotted hyenas, fruit bats, and thick-tailed bushbaby sightings.

Comfortable Camp Downtime

Africa is full of beautiful wilderness and part of a safari holiday is the bush experience, often driving through the landscape in search of animals and birds. After a long game drive, it’s wonderful to return to a beautiful safari camp where you can enjoy all the comfort and amenities of home. There’s a huge range of luxury African safari options – some are 5-star plus level – while others have a more down-to-earth, rustic appeal. Whichever level suits you, your accommodation should give you a comfortable place to relax after an adventurous day in the bush.

Luxury African Safari Lodges With Five-Star Ratings

  • Angama Mara, Masai Mara National Reserve: This camp’s peaceful ambience paired with its location suspended over the Great Rift Valley presents people with much-needed downtime.
  • Chief’s Camp, Okavango Delta: A serene camp, equipped with modern amenities such as a bar, library, reception, curio shop, swimming pool, and main deck has an unparalleled view of floodplains.
  • Londolozi Private Granite Suites, Kruger National Park: Set on the banks of Sand River, the luxurious suites are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, from indoor and outdoor showers to heated swimming pools.
  • andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Inspired by some of the most famous African Landscape, the lodge has the most decadent interior. Equipped with services like in-room massages to help their patrons unwind after a rigorous safari.
  • Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Serengeti National Park: The panoramic views of the endless Serengeti plains, provide people with a sense of freedom.

Finding the Perfect Stretch of Africa

Africa is a massive continent, and while its great plains are an iconic image of an African safari, there is so much more to discover. Stay on a tropical stretch of coastline, climb huge sand dunes, explore lush jungles or walk among rugged hills and mountains. Combine one or two locations, such as bush and beach, or visit multiple landscapes, taking in the variety of Africa in one big sweep. Whatever scenic beauties you want to experience, there are many types of safaris to consider, some of which will have a wide variety of luxury African safari lodges to stay while others will be more limited.

Best African Safari Lodges with Captivating Views

  • Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park: Provides fascinating views of the peaks of Bisoke and Karisimbi volcanoes.
  • Londolozi Private Granite Suites, Kruger National Park: Set overlooking the park’s renowned granite rocks of Sabi River.
  • Sossusvlei Lodge, Namib Naukluft Park: Presents the visitors with a spectacular view of desert landscapes.
  • Angama Mara, Masai Mara National Reserve: Offers tourists a spellbinding view of the Great Rift Valley.
  • Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area: An iconic view of the largest ‘Intact Volcanic Caldera.’

Hide or Seek?

Some places offer an extra special place for game viewing: a wildlife hide. Here you sit in a hidden location, sometimes at ground level, often next to a waterhole, where you can watch animals coming to drink at a close, but a concealed range. A fantastic way to get up close with a host of animals without the need to go out and explore, a hide is not quite the roaming adventure of the traditional African safari, but you can get more natural close-ups than you could ever dream of. In addition, what other ‘extras’ does the accommodation have – spa, star beds, pool?

African Safari Camps Overlooking Popular Waterholes

  • Arathusa Safari Lodge, Sabi Sands Game Reserve: Well-known for big five sightings, especially leopards, the camp has a swimming pool overlooking the Arathusa waterhole.
  • Halali Rest Camp, Etosha National Park: A popular spot for elephant, leopard, and rhino viewing, it has a floodlit waterhole that enhances night-time animal viewing.
  • Hippo Pools, Kruger National Park: With a high probability of buffalo, crocodiles, elephant, and hippos sightings, the hippo pool provides a perfect lookout for tourists.
  • Savute Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park: Has a swimming pool and sundeck overlooking the waterhole, with sightings of elephant, impala, kingfishers, and kudu.
  • Senyati Safari Camp, Botswana: The waterhole attracts banded mongoose, buffalo, elephants, hyena, monkey baboons, roan antelope, sable, and warthogs. Few lucky tourists can also be surprised with leopard sightings.

Price of Admission

The last thing to consider may be obvious, but it is still an important consideration. What is your budget for your fantastic African safari? Luxury is often a term that gets thrown around, but more money doesn’t always mean a better experience. Having a personal butler is wonderful, but it doesn’t mean you see more elephants and beautiful scenery. So decide what level best suits you and do some research to find out what accommodation location and amenities are important to you.

Affordable African Safari Accommodations (Per Person Sharing)

The prices for every camp and lodges fluctuates with the viewing season, during the high season the prices tend to skyrocket. While this is a case with almost every safari camp, we have found some that have the best rates year-round. We have mentioned an estimated price for each park in GBP and USD.

  • Black Rhino Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park: 181 GBP/230 USD
  • Crocodile Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve: 93 GBP/118 USD
  • Isibindi Zulu Lodge, Isibindi Game Reserve: 130 GBP/165 USD
  • Gomo Gomo Lodge, Klaserie Private Reserve: 149 GBP/ 189 USD
  • Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape: 211 GBP/ 269 USD
  • Umkhumbi Safari Lodge,  Kuleni Game Park, Hluhluwe: Check here for Rates

Finding Your Perfect Place to Stay in Africa

Figuring out all of these details can make a perfect African safari. Once you have your goals set, now you only need to find the right accommodation in Africa that fits your dream safari. When you are ready to get moving, SafariDeal travel partners can accommodate most budgets and styles.. We have a host of interesting destinations and a lot of fantastic tours and safaris to allow you to experience Africa in all its splendour. Learn more today!

About author

MD and Co-Founder. Born in Zimbabwe, Robin has a long history in Africa, and safaris in general, from running lodges to marketing. He is always on the look out for new ideas and products from around the safari world.

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