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Our favourite places in Africa

We have firsthand experience of Southern Africa's finest hotels, lodges and experiences. Ranging from modest to sublime, all the properties have their good points, some just have more than others. To help you plan a trip of a lifetime, we have assembled a list of lodges and hotels that we recommend above all others.

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Londolozi, famous for its incredible leopard population, is a game reserve covering over 14,000 hectares of private wilderness in the heart of the famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve - an extension of the Kruger National Park.

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andBeyond Private Game Reserves

andBeyond is a leader in South and East Africa eco-tourism offering safaris in luxurious lodges in pristine wilderness. We have excellent rates for all andBeyond lodges and safaris.

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Relais & Châteaux

Established over half a century ago, Relais & Châteaux is an association of many of the world’s finest hotels. We've assembled their Southern and East Africa members here.

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Chitwa Chitwa

Surely one of the most stylish lodges in the African Bush, Chitwa Chitwa is leading the way in terms of chic design in the bush. Opulent black, golds and silvers, it has to be seen to be believed. Chitwa Chitwa overlooks one of the largest lakes in the Sabi Sand.

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Royal Chundu

The Royal Chundu Luxury Zambezi Lodges are set on a stretch of private waterway of the Zambezi between Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. River Lodge has expansive views across the Zambezi to Zimbabwe while Island Lodge is more exclusive on a private island.

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Great Plains

The Great Plains Conservation is one of Africa's shining examples of how tourism can be used to better the continent, its people, wildlife and landscape. The driving force behind it is to secure large stretches of the African landscape to protect the residents, human and animal.

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The Royal Portfolio

All you really need to know is that the Royal Portfolio comprises three of the most magnificent hotels in Africa. The Kruger National Park, Garden Route and Cape Winelands. Visit just one of the three or really indulge yourself by staying at all three.

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Singita Game Reserves

There are moments in life when you know you've arrived, like turning left as you board an aeroplane or booking into one of Singita's 12 lodges scattered among Africa's finest game reserves.

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Wilderness Safaris

Wilderness Safaris has been operating in southern Africa since the early 1980s and they are the largest safari company in the region. Managing over 4 million hectares of private concessions, their luxury lodges boast 7,500 hectares per bed.

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MannaBay is a truly special luxury boutique hotel up on a hill in Cape Town's leafy suburb of Oranjezicht. From its prime location at the foot of Table Mountain it overlooks the whole of the Mother City, and offers guests seven uniquely designed rooms and one luxurious suite.

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More Hotels & Lion Sands

More is owned and managed by the More Family and a dedicated team of staff who take great pride in giving guests the best experience possible, while at one of the properties in their unique collection in Cape Town, Kruger, Sabi Sand, Madikwe and Marakele.

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Sabi Sabi Luxury Safari Lodges

Sabi Sabi is a private game reserve that has become synonymous with the Sabi Sand Reserve by virtue of its age. Established as a hunting camp in 1830, the lodges are situated in the south-western corner.

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Elewana Collection

Elewana Collection is a portfolio of the very best in lodges, camps, and hotels in East Africa, including Serengeti Migration Camp, Tarangire Treetops, Arusha Coffee Lodge, the Manor at Ngorongoro and other luxury lodges.

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Phinda Private Game Reserve

Phinda Private Game Reserve in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal is a unique and exciting safari destination with seven distinct habitats, the Big Five, over 400 bird species and six award winning lodges.

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Norman Carr Safaris

One of the foremost tour operators in Zambia, Norman Carr established Luangwa's first safari camp in 1950 and today has six camps in South Luangwa including Kapani Lodge, Luwi, Nsolo, Kakuli and Mchenja bush camps and Chinzombo.

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Virgin Limited Edition

With Sir Richard Branson's name behind it, this collection of retreats takes luxury African experiences to a whole new level. Virgin Limited Edition has three African properties, each with a different and unique setting and adventure on offer, including in the Cape Winelands, Masai Mara in Kenya and the Sabi Sand.

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Grootbos Nature Reserve

Grootbos Nature Reserve is spectacularly situated on the hills above Walker Bay. Surrounded by forest and fynbos covered hills and bounded on one side by the Ocean, Grootbos is certainly an amazing destination.

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Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

Spanning across three countries, The Kalahari Desert covers a massive area and there are plenty of luxury properties to choose from but our favourite is the unique and exquisite Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve.

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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

In the Breede River Valley, between Barrydale and Montagu, lies an enormous game reserve bursting with plants, birds, San rock art and wildlife. Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a spectacular five-star game park with three beautiful lodges.

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Shamwari Game Reserve

The 25000 hectare Shamwari Private Game Reserve is home to the Big Five, is malaria free and is situated in the Eastern Cape. There are six lodges within the reserve itself as well as an exclusive new property in Port Elizabeth.

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Sanctuary Retreats

Sanctuary Retreats was founded in 1999 and operates 13 lodges and camps in Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania and Uganda. They offer private luxury camping across East Africa.

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Ellerman House

Ellerman House is situated in the prestigious Kloof Road within the Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay. Of all Ellerman House’s winning attributes, its location deserves special mention.

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The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

The Red Carnation Hotel group takes pride in providing exceptional experiences, exceeding guest expectations and creating a home away from home for every guest.

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The Tintswalo Group

The Tintswalo Collection is a family-run exclusive luxury portfolio of safari lodges and boutique hotels in some of South Africa's most sought after destinations. From the bushveld of the Kruger to the seaside village of Hout Bay, you'll find a Tintswalo Lodge to suit your tastes.

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Belmond Hotels

Belmond Hotels is a worldwide group of iconic trains and hotels. These are the Southern Africa members selected for their authenticity and highly recommended by Rhino Africa.

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Thornybush Collection

With a reputation as one of South Africa's best bush experiences the Thornybush Nature Reserve is the home of the majority of the Thornybush Collection with the addition of one lodge in Northern part of the Sabi Sand.

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Leading Hotels of the World

The Leading Hotels of the World understand the finer points of hospitality and luxury and present a portfolio which includes some of Africa’s finest establishments.

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Top Destinations

Kruger National Park
The wild heart of Africa. Rugged, exhilarating and breathtaking Big 5 safaris with expert rangers.

Cape Town
From Camps Bay to Table Mountain and from stunning beaches to majestic winelands - Cape Town has it all.

Victoria Falls
'The Smoke that Thunders' - one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, Vic Falls is spectacular.


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