Like a lion in a herd of gazelle, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to choosing the right properties for your African holiday. Luckily for you, we've seen them all and have assembled a list of our favourites to help you plan your African trip of a lifetime.
With a reputation of one of South Africa's best bush experiences, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is home of the majority of the Thornybush Collection with the addition of one lodge in Northern part of the Sabi Sand.
Family owned and operated, the three properties of Hunter Hotels have for the past 26 years been at the forefront of the South African 5-star boutique travel market. Situated along the south-western coast of South Africa, each property has a very distinctive character, with their trademark service ethic of personal generosity and extraordinary attention to detail. Tsala Treetop Lodge and Hunter’s Country House are situated in superlative forest surroundings in the heart of the Garden Route, and Gorah Elephant Camp is right in the centre of the world-famous Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape.
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.
Virgin Limited Edition
With Sir Richard Branson's name behind it, this collection of luxury retreats was bound to attract attention and its three properties situated in the Cape Winelands, Masai Mara and Sabi Sand live up to all the hype.
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.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Sprawled across 13,500ha, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve offers luxury in its unique lodges. Once home to the Shangaan tribe, Ulusaba’s plains are densely populated with wildlife moving freely between Ulusaba and neighbouring Kruger.
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.
andBeyond Private Game Reserves
andBeyond is a leader in South and East Africa eco-tourism offering luxury safaris in pristine and untamed wilderness. We have excellent rates for all andBeyond lodges and safaris.
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.
The Red Carnation Hotel Collection
The Red Carnation Hotel group takes pride in providing exceptional experiences, exceeding expectations with their generous service and fierce dedication to seemingly insignificant details.
Claiming its rightful place in South Africa's most prolific leopard territory, Chitwa Chitwa overlooks one of the largest lakes in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and is one of our favourite lodges in South Africa.
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 lodges scattered among Africa's finest game reserves.
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.
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.
Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Londolozi Private Game Reserve is keen on wildlife rehabilitation and protection that goes hand-in-hand with community upliftment. Londolozi’s emphasis on protecting the natural splendour of the African bush has been paired with luxury and exclusivity.
The Royal Portfolio
Regardless of which of the three Royal Portfolio's properties you choose, be it Birkenhead House, La Residence or Royal Malewane, you are bound to have a singular experience.
Voted Zambia's Best Safari Lodge at the World Travel Awards 2013, the Royal Chundu Luxury Zambezi Lodges offer a choice of two lodges - the River Lodge or the Island Lodge - on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, just downstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls.
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.
Belmond Hotels is a worldwide group of iconic trains and hotels. The Southern Africa members are as authentic as they are sophisticated which is why all their properties come highly recommended by Rhino Africa.
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 5, over 400 bird species and six award winning lodges.
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.
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.
Founded in 1999, Sanctuary Retreats' portfolio of luxury boutique lodges reads like a bucket-list, from gorilla trekking in Uganda to the Great Migration in Kenya and a trove of other once-in-a-lifetime experiences in between.
Relais & Châteaux
Established over half a century ago, the Relais & Châteaux portfolio is an association including some of the world’s finest hotels. We've assembled their Southern and East Africa members here.
Shamwari Game Reserve
Home to the Big 5 and malaria free, the 25000 hectare Shamwari Private Game Reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape making it a perfect add-on when exploring the celebrated Garden Route.
MannaBay at the foot of the Table Mountain is Cape Town's latest and most elegant boutique guesthouse. Some places to stay form a part of your journey, MannaBay guests have already arrived.
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.
Leading Hotels of the World
The Leading Hotels of the World understand the value of attentiveness and unwavering hospitality. The African collection is reserved for the fine establishments that fulfill its ideals of elegance and service.
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.
0808 238 0044
888 2156 556
1 800 447164
1 800 947168
1 844 8517 090
800 900 341
800 101 3310
080 045 2877
800 018 4895
0800 182 3211
0800 562 964
0800 295 105
0800 919 394
0800 721 24
800 260 73
0800 848 229
1 844 2867 643
9009 476 83
0018 005 11710
0800 444 6880
018 0051 81937
0800 7618 612
800 827 648
+27 21 469 2600