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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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