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Five incredible safari lodges

An African safari is one of life’s great travel adventures, providing the opportunity to become deeply immersed in the drama and charm of untamed wildlife in a truly unique way. Breath-taking African wilderness, sundowners in the bush followed by evenings around the campfire or nights spent in a treehouse under the stars will ensure a truly memorable trip. We’re want to share with you our top five must-visit safari lodges.

Sweni Lodge, Kruger National Park

Singita Private Game Reserve is simply stunning. Nestled into the lush Sweni riverbank and surrounded by ancient forest, it almost appears to float in amongst the trees. Situated within a 33,000-acre private concession in Kruger National park, the private suites are contemporary in design and are designed to reflect the surrounding forest. Generous use of glass and the panoramic game-viewing decks allow for up-close sightings of the many wildlife that come down to drink in the river; the outdoor day beds and showers overlooking the river ensuring you capture it all.

Phinda Forest Lodge, South Africa

The Phinda Game Reserve covers 23,000 hectares of land in KwaZulu-Natal. The eco-friendly Forest Lodge was hand built by local artisans with not one tree being felled during construction. Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the floor-to-ceiling glass walls bring the forest to you. Situated to ensure absolute privacy, each suite has a swimming pool and a viewing deck where you can watch the suni antelopes graze below. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, offering a chance to spot the Big Five.

Lions Sands Treehouses

Situated in the private Lion Sands wildlife reserve, Lion Sands offers the ultimate African Bushveld experience. There are three treehouses at Lions Sands, each one offering a lavish platform under the stars. Enjoy the 5-star comforts of The Chalkley Treehouse while you observe the wild animals roaming beneath. The Kingston Treehouse is set amongst the wild in the African bush. Access is gained across a small drawbridge, and the house is equipped with full bathroom and shower facilities. The Tinyeleti treehouse is situated by the Sabie River and provides an unrivalled wilderness experience.

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Located on the rim of the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, the lodge lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8,000 square km of the African wilderness. Designed more with a baroque chateau in mind, the style of the lodge offers a unique contrast to the wild African landscape. Melting into the surroundings, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows allowing you to experience the rich wildlife of the crater below. Each has its own sitting and dining areas where private butlers provide a personal service. Activities include game drives, crater picnics, Maasai cultural visits and visits to the Ngorongoro Crater.

Zarafa Camp, Botswana

Set on the fringes of the Zibadanja Lagoon, the Zarafa Camp places guests right in the heart of the African wilderness. It's the first camp in Botswana to be accredited as a prestigious Relais & Châteaux member. Each tented suite overlooks the lagoon and has its own private plunge pool, outdoor shower, large beautiful copper bath, central fireplace, and large bedroom and lounge areas. The electricity is supplied from its solar farm making it one of the greenest luxury camps in Africa. Staying here offers an incredible opportunity to get intimate with Africa, where hippos soak, buffalos stop for a drink and elephants congregate.

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