Four of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges for your next indulgent bush experience.

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If you want your African safari to speak of style and opulence while ensuring excellent game viewing, choose to stay in one of these exceptionally luxurious safari lodges.

Certain to enhance your African adventure while offering exceptional hospitality and abundant treasures, whether you are a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor. After all, Safari tourism in Africa has come a long way Since dusty of Fortune designer tents opulence under the canvas and exquisite lodges. Additionally, most not only offer safaris, but also gourmet meals, nGOOD discs, walking safaris, helicopter tours and much more. Beyond their luxury, each of them Safari lodges adhere to a sustainable conservation model where positive impact and regenerative travel help protect the environment, surrounding communities and wildlife.

1. Singita Lebombo, Kruger National Park

Ohone of the largest in South Africa luxurious and exclusive safari choice, Singita has a collection of exceptional lodges in South and East Africa. One of them, Singita Lebombo is a brilliantly bold and contemporary space suspended above the N’wanetsi River in the Kruger National Park. The design of Lebombo Lodge was inspired by the numerous eagles’ nests built into the riverside cliffside, resulting in organic, luminous structures, floating between the river and the sky. All common areas open to nature to ensure the outdoors seeps in, providing immersive and meditative spaces set within a spectacular landscape of giant euphorbias. In addition to private suite spaces, the lodge offers a wine studio, library and rooftop terrace, an interactive kitchen, a lively bar and deli, and an additional 25-meter lap pool. While its striking design may capture your initial attention, Singita Lebombo’s wellness philosophy and sustainability ventures make this lodge a cut above the rest. The concession is known for its large pride of lions, but you will also have the chance to spot leopards, white and black rhinos, cheetahs, sables, hippos and elephants.

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2. Royal Malewane, Thornybush Game Reserve

Experience the wild heart of the African bush in comfort, style and seclusion with a perfect stay at one of Royal Malewane’s three luxury safari lodges – Malewane, Farmstead or Waterside, each embodying an exquisite vision of design and ultimate hospitality. Additionally, Royal Malewane has three private bush villas for exclusive use: Africa House, The Farmhouse and Waterside House. Overflowing with old world elegance, they were designed and decorated to be a stylish hideaway in the heart of the bush, each with a private wooden deck with plunge pool. The villas feature elaborate furnishings and artwork designed in a traditional African style. Additionally, the lodge has spa and gym facilities, and visitors can participate in various activities such as game drives, bush walks and bird watching. Africa’s most qualified team of guides offer an unrivaled wildlife experience with conservation at the center.

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3. Tswalu Kalahari, Northern Cape

Dedicated to rBy restoring the Kalahari through sustainable conservation supported by nature-based tourism, Tswalu Kalahari is slocated in the Kalahari Desert. Above all an ambitious conservation project aimed at safeguarding vital habitats and restoring biodiversity, Twalu promises a private and exclusive safari experience for up to 40 guests in one of the three luxury safari camps, the ratio of visitors to wilderness is one of the lowest in South Africa. Whether you choose to stay in Motse, Tarkuni or Loapi, luxury accommodation and generous South African hospitality set the stage for a deeply private experience surrounded by nature. The Kalahari lion, cheetah and meerkats are among the many animals that live in THE book – and if you’re lucky, you might also spot a pangolin.

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4. Molori Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Situated in the heart of the Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa, bordering Botswana, the secluded Molori Safari offers absolute privacy and stunning views of the Dwarsberg Mountains and valley from Madikwe. Molori Safari comprises five unique open-air suites, conveniently spaced apart to provide absolute privacy. They include two Premier Suites, one Premier Family Suite and two Presidential Suites. All have floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls, opening onto a private terrace and swimming pool. The main Molori Safari lodge has four dining areas, a library, a large lounge and a bar. The lounge and bar area open onto an outdoor terrace with a hot hot tub and two infinity pools. A chilled infinity spa bath is also located on the highest mountainside terrace for optimal wildlife viewing. Guests can relax with a cocktail, a book or a cigar on Molori’s many relaxation terraces, including the popular reading terraces and star terraces which also feature comfortable daybeds.

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For help planning your Southern and Eastern Africa safari, please contact me on and I will be happy to assist you, putting my two decades of work in the industry to ensure that your Africa travel expectations are met.

**All photos are from the respective properties.

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