South Africa is blessed with a wonderful variety of game reserves, wildlife, spectacular scenery and lodge options from five-star luxury to rustic simplicity. This list of the best safari lodges in South Africa features a selection of my favorite lodges in diverse locations and with a variety of styles.

Rolling plains in green and yellow tones with hopping zebras and jumping gazelles. The typical picture that comes to ones mind when talking and thinking about the great Kenya adventure. People fly to Nairobi, almost expecting to see a lion as soon as they exit the plane (which indeed can be seen in the nearby national park). Talking about seeing the big five, living in a jeep and seeing sunset after sunset: the idyllic, typical image of Africa. But oh, there is so much more to discover in this beautiful country! I wouldn’t say that you should skip the safari, but I would recommend spending some days in other cities, places and with several families and people.

Home to Africa’s highest mountain and several famous national parks and game reserves, Tanzania is one of the continent’s most popular destinations.

We know, we know: Tanzania is rightly famous for being one of the best places to spot lions, cheetahs and leopards, while its wetlands and grassy plains boast an even larger cast of characters, including zebras, elephants and giraffes. But the country’s bestial bounty extends well beyond its most famous residents. Get to know a few of the lesser-known – but equally spectacular – animals to keep an eye out for when visiting Tanzania.

South Africa is one of the most exciting wine regions these days, especially for premium and ultra-premium wines. Though it’s considered a New World wine producer, South Africa’s winemaking heritage reaches back to the 1600s. Recent advances in the wine industry, due greatly to the opening up of export markets in the 1990s, have spurred a quest for quality that we are seeing manifest in very exciting wines hitting the markets today.

Cottar’s 1920s has been in the same family for generations and is the oldest safari camp in Africa. The proud heritage shapes the experience of hospitality in this luxury outpost.

The Seychelles is an island-hopping destination. Travellers can explore bigger towns on the main islands (like Mahé, La Digue and Praslin) and experience the French culture of the Seychelles – for a true taste of its cuisine, nightlife, and nature reserves (like Vallée de Mai on Praslin) and markets. Once you’ve had enough of the crowds and cultural activities, you can hop to a private island. It’s here where you can relax and unwind. 

A little bit of geology…

The Seychelles is made up of two main geological types. The central island group (including the main island Mahé) is made from granite – a mountainous centre with flat coastal stretches. Often granite boulders frame the shoreline and its pearly white beaches. Seychelles’ outer islands consist of coral from reefs to atolls and are smaller and flat. Over 50% of the total land area is under nature conservation. Now that’s a world record!

 

We’ve combed through Southern and East African game reserves to find 15 safari lodges that include an extraordinary way to experience safari: plunge pools. Each of these lodges features pools designed to place you as one with the surrounding bush, providing the unmatchable combination of being within meters of wildlife, while enjoying 5 star luxury.

An African Anthology in conjunction with Africa Wild Lodges & Safaris, is delighted to announce the opening of Saguni Safari Lodge in the Khwai Conservancy bordering the Moremi Game Reserve which forms part of the Okavango Delta on 01 August 2018.

Zuri Zanzibar is a brand new resort based on the beautiful white sandy beach of Northern Zanzibar offering a tranquil and relaxed environment. The resort comprises 55 bungalows, suites and villas looking out over the turquoise waters of the Indian ocean.