Boasting one of the most culturally and geographically diverse regions on Earth, South Africa has everything: from mountains and forests, to deserts, coast, and of course, vast grasslands.
Conjuring images of splendid vistas at sunset, rugged terrain underfoot, and the rush of adrenaline as you spot one of the “Big 5”, consisting of Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo and Rhinos. Nothing quite beats the exhilaration of being up close and personal with these incredible animals in their natural habitat, observing the untamed landscape in its rugged splendor, with breathtaking sunsets, capturing it all for extraordinary memories. For the ultimate in comfort and luxury, what better way to wind down from the excitement of each day than in your own peaceful sanctuary? We have compiled a selection of exclusive properties perfect for the definitive African Safari Experience.
The Makanyi Private Game Lodge is a luxury game lodge which offers a real safari experience in the Timbavati, adjacent to the Kruger National Park; one of the most famous game reserves, and also the largest. Makanyi provides two daily game drives hosted by expert trackers and rangers, and also offers bush-walks, fishing, picnics and star gazing, for those that want the chance to explore the natural terrain, and a great location for watching the vast array of beautiful birds.
With great attention to detail and the provision of truly outstanding services, this luxury private lodge offers the perfect environment for a relaxing stay, with everything catered for up to 14 people. The central hub for socialising can be found in the main lodge, whereby you can relax on cosy sofas near the fireplace, or sip drinks on the outside deck, have a swim and take in the stunning landscape. With a great selection of wildlife on the doorstep, there is plenty to keep you occupied. If you wish to venture further afield, there are a few bars nearby, where you can sample some local cuisine and genuine African style.
Winner of Africa’s Best Private Villa at the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2015.
Molori Safari Lodge is a super exclusive, luxury retreat located in the popular Madikwe Game Reserve, bordering Botswana, just 400km northwest of Johannesburg (approximately a 3.5 hour drive), with easy access from Pretoria and Gaborone.
Molori Safari Lodge offers its guests a tangible connection to the wilderness and their dramatic habitat. Offering a range of customisable services, guests can enjoy the height of luxurious relaxation whilst delighting in the seclusion and privacy afforded them here. Staff are onsite to cater to any desires, and provide a professional service; including arranging airport collection / meet & greet, personalised safari game drives, and gourmet meals, and more. Guests staying here can enjoy flawless views of the infinite valley and the majestic Dwarsberg Mountain, or take in the wildlife on the mountainside deck.
Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, at 680 square kilometres, and proudly offers the chance to view the Big 5 in all their natural glory. This vast and striking land, of indescribable simplicity and splendour is the perfect destination for a safari and guests are enticed to game viewing and scenic photography.
Royal Malewane is a luxury safari lodge conveniently located in the Kruger National Park, more precisely in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, and is suitable for up to 32 guests. Kruger Park is an ideal location for intrepid explorers, and has the added bonus of the Drakensburg Mountains framing the landscape.
Nature lovers staying here can make the most of the gorgeous South African wildlife whilst staying in unmitigated comfort and superior luxury with concierge services. The stylish colonial-style lodge boasts unparalleled views of the terrain and is the height of elegance and extravagance. Game drives and bush walks are provided daily for those seeking to discover the wildlife on their doorstep, alternatively, with staff onsite to cater to every need, guests can spend their days relaxing with complimentary massages and enjoying the peaceful surroundings on the outside veranda. The property also comes with a gorgeous infinity pool free to use at your leisure, to take in the natural landscape (and the occasional elephant!), a delightful courtyard, complete with a central fountain, and even a gym and sauna.
With a focus on super luxurious furnishings and the highest standards in comfort and indulgence, guests have the exclusivity and convenience of having a full team of staff, including a private chef, a butler, housekeepers, a ranger, and even a tracker for the game drive vehicle. All are available onsite for the ultimate in luxury and relaxation, leaving you free to enjoy the stunning beauty and atmosphere of the natural landscape, and make incredible memories to last a lifetime.