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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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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.

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Chitwa Chitwa

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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 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

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 5, 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 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.

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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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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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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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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.

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Sanctuary Retreats

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.

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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 expectations with their generous service and fierce dedication to seemingly insignificant details.

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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. The Southern Africa members are as authentic as they are sophisticated which is why all their properties come highly recommended by Rhino Africa.

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Thornybush Collection

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.

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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.

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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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