Our picks of the most exquisite luxury lodges in Africa

Posted by Binny Shah-Patel     Posted on 05/12/2018
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  • With over 50 years of experience, we are incredibly passionate about Africa and the amazing plethora of experiences it offers discerning travellers. From exhilarating safaris in the Masai Mara to the stunning South African Winelands, we have itineraries available for the best locations or can make you a bespoke itinerary to ensure you have the best experience.

    As experts, we have handpicked some of our favourite luxurious hotels from exclusive lodges in private reserves to sumptuous tented camps, that make that trip even more exquisite, and which we can build into your itinerary.

    Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp – Tanzania

    Photo credit: Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

    Hidden among the rocky outcrops or kopjes of the vast, internationally renowned Serengeti plains, is a camp that exudes decadence reminiscent of old Africa. Its spacious tents have been carefully placed to provide privacy and blend into nature’s architecture, overlooking the Grumeti River and its resident hippos. Surrounded by a verandah deck with a capacious 45 square metre internal floor space, each guest tent is a private sanctuary.

    Elewana Serengeti Migration Camp

    Angama Mara – Kenya

    Photo credit: Angama Mara

    Photo credit: Angama Mara

    Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Masai Mara, considered by many to be the loveliest game reserve on the continent. Enjoy a convenient private airfield, wonderful tailor-made safari days, and a famously warm Kenyan welcome. Here you can be as active or as relaxed as you wish – early morning balloon flights over the Mara, escorted walking safaris, game drives, visits to neighbouring Masai villages, or just sit in one of the rocking chairs on your tent’s deck and watch the wildlife pass by, or have a totally relaxing massage.

    La Residence – South Africa

    Photo credit: La Residence

    Photo credit: La Residence

    La Residence is surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breathtaking views of the countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquillity.
    Step into the Great Hall and be transported into a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxurious, elegant Franschhoek hotel. Glittering Indian chandeliers hang from the vaulted ceiling, original artwork and huge mirrors grace the walls, while the furnishings are plush, colourful and stylish. Elegant antiques and exquisite flowers create a feeling of refinement and sophistication.

    The Elephant Camp – Victoria Falls

    Photo credit: Elephant Camp

    A small, exclusive property in Victoria Falls National Park set on a private concession with spectacular views of the mist rising over the majestic Victoria Falls and the steeply carved gorges of the Zambezi River, The Elephant Camp is an intimate luxury lodge under canvas. It has the dual benefits of being within easy reach of Victoria Falls, yet secluded on its own game reserve and offers community and conservation focussed activities, including a visit to the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. All of the adrenalin-based activities of the town can be easily added to your stay. There are twelve luxury tented suites with magnificent views of the rocky gorges.

    Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, South Africa

    Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

    Photo credit: Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

    Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, which is situated within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, is one of four completely separate luxurious, all-suite, award-winning lodges with very distinct characters and atmospheres.

    Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is sculpted into a slope in the earth, almost invisible, as its camouflaged into the landscape, and uses texture, light and space cleverly. Its rustic rough mud walls remind you that you are in wild Africa and offer an experience like no other.

    Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi

    &Beyond Bateleur Camp  – Kenya

    Photo credit: &Beyond Bateleur Camp

    Set on the fringes of a riverine forest, overlooking the vast, game-filled plains of the Mara, this luxurious tented camp offers world-class style in the African bush. A private butler will serve delicious Pan-African cuisine in the dining area, on the verandah or in a romantic setting under the stars. Bush breakfasts, sundowners and candlelit dinners offer an unforgettable experience. 

    &Beyond Bateleur Camp 

    Tarangire Treetops, Tanzania

    Tarangire Treetops

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    Tarangire Treetops sits alone in the private game reserve bordering Tarangire National Park and the Masai Steppe amid rolling, baobab-studded hills, with views to Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley wall.

    This exclusive lodge has a magical, adventurous and exotic feel, whilst exuding a timeless essence, which will take you back to days gone by.

    The unique ‘tree house’ rooms are all elevated with stunning views across the tops of age-old baobab and marula trees that surround the lodge.

    Tarangire Treetops

    Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards – South Africa

    Photo credit: Virgin Limited Edition

    Photo credit: Virgin Limited Edition

    At Mont Rochelle Hotel you can relax in a luxurious bedroom or suite, most of which offer spectacular views across the valleys and vines of Franschhoek. Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards combines the best of the Cape Winelands under one umbrella and has excellent gourmet dining options.

    Loisaba Star Beds, Kenya

    Situated in the beautiful Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia, Loisaba Tented Camp is perched on the edge of an escarpment with panoramic views across the Laikipia plains to Mt Kenya.
    Loisaba Star Beds

    Photo credit: Loisaba Star Beds

    You can have a unique experience sleeping under the stars. The accommodation has a thatched roof, open walls, a double handcrafted bed with wheels and an extensive uncovered decking area. Each night your bed, which is draped in warm comfortable blankets, is pulled out onto the open deck, enabling you to sleep under the stars with nothing but the sounds of the wilderness as company.

    Loisaba Tented Camp

    Ulusaba, South Africa


    Photo credit: Ulusaba

    Ulusaba, situated within the prestigious Sabi Sands Game Reserve, is part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection and has two distinctly different lodges, each with its own ambience but both with first-class service and amenities. The Rock Lodge sits high atop a rocky mountain, offering its visitors unobstructed views of the African savannah.

    The Safari Lodge, is slightly more laid back and consists of thatched-roof cottages, built tree house style and nestled down in the African landscape, some accessed in a unique way by swing bridges.


    Photo credit: Ulusaba

    Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

    Giraffe Manor, Kenya

    Giraffe Manor

    Photo credit: Giraffe Manor

    Giraffe Manor is an exclusive boutique hotel, famous for its resident herd of Rothschild giraffes who are renowned for sticking their curious heads through the large purpose built windows of the hotel during meal times.
    Giraffe Manor

    Photo credit: Giraffe Manor

    Giraffe Manor is surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside Nairobi. As well as the giraffe, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive bushbuck.

    Giraffe Manor

    Inspired to visit one of these stunning destinations for a unique experience and stay at one of these featured properties?

    Call us on 020 8423 3000 or complete an enquiry form to receive a quotation from our booking experts.

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