A trip to Africa for a luxury safari isn’t only the stuff of dreams. And you needn’t to deny yourself the luxury trip that you deserve. Get the best view of sweeping plains, have breakfast with giraffes, and enjoy infinity pools at the most luxurious safari lodges and camps in East and Southern Africa.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. It includes the vast expanse of highland plains, forests, and savanna woodlands. Established in 1959, the reserve is home to the semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists who coexist with the wildlife in the area. Here, you can see the world’s largest caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater, here. Among the many species that you will see are zebra, wildebeest, and gazelles.
The luxury camp The Highlands has eight domed, canvas suites for those who are looking for the perfect place to watch wildlife.
The Kruger Park (South Africa)
This park is home to Africa’s most iconic wildlife – lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, cheetahs, buffalos, hippos, and other over 100 other large mammal species and more than 500 bird species. These animals alone attract lots of visitors from all over the world.
Though the park houses camps and lodges for different kinds of travelers, the private reserves found in Timbavati and Sabi Sabi are the most luxurious. The Royal Malewane lodge, which is found on the western border of the park, is often booked 12 months in advance.
Liuwa Plains National Park (Western Zambia)
The Liuwa Plains is one of the oldest and wildest conservation parks in Africa. It dates back to the 19th century when King Lubosi Lewanika of Barotseland appointed his people as the reserve’s custodians. Here, you can witness the vast migration of blue wildebeest. This usually attracts cheetahs and lions. Birdwatching in the national park is unrivaled. The entire safari offers a spectacle with its jaw-dropping setting.
If you plan to visit this safari park, you can stay at the King Lewanika Lodge, which is said to dedicate its services to photographic safaris. This luxury villa gives you a great view of the plains and is only open to 15 guests at a time.
Okavango Delta (Northern Botswana)
The Okavango Delta is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It includes the seasonally flooded plains and marshlands. You can also view the 15,000 sq.km. champagne-colored rivers, lily-covered lagoons, and reed beds here. It boasts housing more than 50,000 elephants and other wildlife.
Chief’s Camp, one of the premiere safari camps found here, has 12 luxury bush pavilions, private decks, and indoor and outdoor showers. It also opens with one of the most breathtaking views of the safari.
Kulala Wilderness Reserve (Namibia)
Kulala Wilderness Reserve is a privately owned reserve with a panoramic view of mountains and valleys. You can explore the world-famous clay pan, Sossusvlei, and visit the Big Daddy dunes. You can also see varied wildlife in their natural habitat.
Because the reserve is private, you can enjoy the whole expanse of the safari with little to no interruption. The Little Kulala is one of the most luxurious safari lodges in Namibia. It has a private plunge pool and is merged with the desert landscape.