Lodges

African Safari Lodges

Our African safari lodge packages include all regional flights, accommodation, meals and unforgettable safari activities.

Introduction

Southern Africa's proliferation of breathtaking nationals parks and game reserves have inspired countless conservationists and architects to create sumptuous utopias from which to admire the continent's natural spoils. These special havens are known as safari lodges.

Your choices are therefore not limited to which safari area to pick, but also which lodge will complement your particular needs. To spare you the search, we use only the crème de la crème in our safari packages. Our pickings are based on quality of service, value and sightings.

Lodges By Country

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South Africa

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Dramatic diversity
South Africa offers the widest variety of safari lodges to choose from.

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Botswana

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Conservation castles
Botswana's safari camps and lodges are defined by their eco-consciousness.

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Namibia

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Desert dreams
Namibia's lodges are set in otherworldly landscapes that will take your breath away.

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Zambia

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Contemporary & classical
As an emerging safari destination, Zambia offers an inviting blend of old and new.

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Zimbabwe

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Wild & wondrous
Zimbabwe's authentic wilderness areas host a handful of fine safari lodges.

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Mozambique

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Island indulgence
Mozambique's lodges are set on private islands and secluded beaches.

Why book a Fly-In Safari Package

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Inclusive

Our packages have been designed with the utmost convenience in mind and are as inclusive as possible, including accommodation, full board meals, local flights or transfers and game viewing activities. Certain lodges - particularly the more exclusive ones - also incorporate extras like laundry and alcoholic beverages. All you have to do is fly to South Africa - the remainder of your travel logistics are all pre-arranged, booked and paid for.

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Top Destinations

We offer safari packages to all the finest safari areas in Southern Africa, from the private game reserves and concessions of the Kruger National Park to Chobe and the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Ranging from comfortable four star to extravagant five star, all these lodges have been hand-picked for their levels of service and the quality of game viewing. The island outposts of Mozambique and the desert frontiers of Namibia also feature.

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Convenient duration

All our safari packages have a standard duration of three nights and four days, as we believe that this is typically the ideal duration for a safari. However, the packages are customizable and we can easily add another night or two, or even an additional lodge. We do not recommend one night or two night safaris, particularly if you are traveling to more remote wilderness areas. The idea is to maximize your game viewing time as much as possible.

Preferred Lodges

Luxury & Top End Lodges

The exterior of one of the palatial private villas at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge.
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is one of the most exclusive properties in South Africa. Your plush villa features a private rim flow pool, a spacious outdoor deck with views of the bush, a lounge and kitchen area and a palatial bedroom sporting an open-plan bathroom with an enormous bath and both indoor and outdoor rainfall showers.

The interior of one of the spacious Classic Suites at Lukimbi Safari Lodge.
Lukimbi

Lukimbi Safari Lodge embodies the very essence of a traditional safari lodge. Handsome African accents characterize its luminous interiors, while the buildings are rounded off in classical wood and thatch designs. Game viewing in the southern Kruger National Park is always incredibly fruitful, and this wild generosity extends to the service you will enjoy at Lukimbi itself.

Night falls over Little Kulala in Namibia.
Little Kulala

Little Kulala offers one of the most unique milieus for a lodge - the fiery red expanse of the Namib Desert. A stone's throw from the colossal dunes of Sossusvlei, Little Kulala's arid seat offers a wealth of unique safariesque activities for guests. Evenings are particularly memorable, as guests have the option of sleeping atop their kulalas in aptly named 'star beds'.

Enjoy a bubble bath with a view of the wilderness at Little Ongava in Etosha.
Little Ongava

The incredibly intimate Little Ongava Lodge hosts three opulent suites for an indelibly exclusive safari experience. The lodge is perched on a hill in a private game reserve that shares a border with Namibia's hallowed Etosha National Park - the country's premier safari destination. Guests can enjoy game drives in both the reserve and Etosha for world-class game viewing.

The private pool and patio of the honeymoon suite at Kings Camp.
Kings Camp

Kings Camp is one of the finest safari camps in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The lodge's nostalgic atmosphere hearkens back to the African safari of yesteryear, with handsome colonial era decor and extravagantly sumptuous furnishings. Timbavati is home to the Big Five, and offers the tantalizing possibility of encountering a wild white lion.

Evening settles over Khwai River Lodge in the Okavango Delta.
Khwai River Lodge

Khwai River Lodge is located on a concession that borders the Okavango Delta's famous Moremi Game Reserve. This primal, wild setting is augmented by the 'barely there' ecological footprint of the lodge, which tunes effortlessly into its surroundings while still offering all the creature comforts of home. Guests can enjoy game drives, canoe safaris, powerboat safaris and bush walks.

A suite at Eagle Island as seen from amongst the reeds of the Delta.
Eagle Island

Eagle Island Lodge is set on the Xakanaxa Lagoon in the heart of the Okavango Delta, providing easy access to one of the world's most treasured wilderness areas. The lodge's prime position means that a wealth of exhilarating safari activities are possible, including walking safaris, traditional mokoro canoe expeditions, motorboat safaris and even fishing in the lagoon.

A safari vehicle stops beside a leopard at Leopard Hills.
Leopard Hills

Leopard Hills is a highly esteemed luxury safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. It is named for the high frequency of leopards encountered in this safari area, as well as for its optimal perch (and the spectacular views it provides). With only eight sumptuous suites, Leopard Hills offers an intimate safari experience defined by Big Five encounters and absolute comfort.

Dulini's boma area festively lit for dinner.
Dulini Lodge

With only six suites, Dulini Lodge is one of the smallest abodes in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. This credential means that the lodge delivers exceptional attention to detail and highly personalized service. When you are not unwinding in the tranquil haven of your luxury accommodations, relish Big Five game drives and bush walks in this incredible wilderness.

Four Star Lodges

The handsome wooden deck at Xakanaxa Camp in the Okavango Delta.
Xakanaxa

Xakanaxa provides visitors with the unique opportunity to enjoy both land-based and water-based game viewing year-round in one of the continent's most beloved safari areas - the Okavango Delta. The camp’s twelve tents are certainly not the most luxurious in the delta, but their basic canvas-style and traditional furnishings emit an inherently African ambience.

Ongava's sprawling deck offers a view of a waterhole that is lit up at night.
Ongava

Ongava Lodge hosts twelve luxury en suite chalets in a private reserve on the border of Etosha National Park. The lodge’s elevated position ensures grand views of the surrounding landscape. The buildings have been constructed with rock, thatch and canvas. Safari activities consist of twice daily game drives in open 4x4 vehicles and optional bush walks in the reserve.

The sumptuous tented atmosphere at Hamiltons Tented Camp.
Hamiltons Tented Camp

Located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park itself, this unique tented camp hosts six individual tents which branch out from the main lodge via wooden walkways. The suites exude luxury and style with a touch of elegance reminiscent of the safaris of the colonial era. Traditional 4x4 game drives are bound to bring you into contact with the Big Five.

Guests at Motswari observe an elephant across the water.
Motswari

Motswari offers an affordable yet nevertheless memorable avenue to explore the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. The structures of the lodge are characterized by traditional thatched roofs, spacious interiors and classical African themes. Your game drives and bush walks will guide you into a wilderness where the Big Five still reigns supreme, and where white lions still appear in the wild.

The main deck at Imbali Safari Lodge.
Imbali

Imbali Safari Lodge is located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park. Each plush suite boasts a private Jacuzzi or plunge pool and uninterrupted views of the enchanting bushveld characteristic of the central Kruger. Two game drives are conducted on a daily basis - in the early morning and late afternoon - during periods of increased wildlife activity.

The unique traditional structures of Hoyo Hoyo lit up at night.
Hoyo Hoyo

Combine luxury game viewing and culture at Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge in the heart of the Kruger National Park. The exotic suites have been uniquely designed in a conical shape and decorated in earth-like hues to create an ambient setting for your safari getaway. Learn about the culture of the Shangaan tribe in between game drives on a private Kruger concession.

Camp Moremi game vehicles stop on the edge of one of the waterways of the Okavango Delta.
Camp Moremi

Camp Moremi is located in the pristine wilderness of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. This painstakingly protected area hosts an abundance of wildlife, which you may often observe from the raised deck of your safari tent. Alternatively, head into the reserve on an open 4x4 safari vehicle or in a powerboat for an intimate exploration of the delta.

The deck area of Ngoma Safari Lodge built around a young baobab with views of the Chobe floodplains.
Ngoma Safari Lodge

Ngoma is a relatively young lodge located on the northern fringes of the Chobe National Park. Your thatched suite overlooks the sweeping Chobe floodplains, peppered with baobabs, thorn trees and a wealth of wildlife. Each room is en suite, and includes a private veranda and plunge pool. Safari activities consist of game drives, bush walks, river cruises and even cultural tours.

Experiences to Savor

A guest enjoys an early evening sundowner on the lanter-lit deck of a safari lodge.

Mid-safari pit Stops

One of the most enjoyable experiences while out on safari is pausing in a scenic location to stretch your legs and enjoy a refreshment. Morning stops will involve tea or coffee and rusks, while afternoon safaris offer an extra bite with a gin and tonic or Amarula liqueur on ice. Take a breather and relish the sights, sounds and smells of the bush.

Personal attention

Regardless of the level of luxury involved, the lodges we use have been picked for the quality of their service. This means that you will feel like a treasured friend enjoying Africa's illustrious warm hospitality. Each guest is made to feel special, and not synthetically so - we are all passionate about showcasing our magical corner of the world.

Surrounded by wildlife

The most thrilling part of any lodge experience is the wildlife factor. At a safari lodge, while you will frequently encounter wildlife during your safari activities, you may also observe them from the comfort of your suite or whilst dining on the lodge's deck. Wherever you choose to unwind, you will be surrounded by wildlife.

FAQ

Are the safari lodges safe?
The majority of the safari lodges are unfenced to provide an immersive experience, but they are still very safe. Heed the advice of lodge staff and do not approach or feed any wild animals.
What if I have special dietary needs?
The remote nature of the safari lodges means that set menus are typically used for mealtimes. If you have particular needs, be sure to communicate them to us beforehand so that the lodge is prepared for special requests prior to your arrival.
Do all lodges offer the same safari activities?
No, it often depends on the location of the lodge. For example, you will not be able to enjoy water-based activities in South Africa's Kruger National Park, nor will you be able to enjoy walking safaris if your Okavango Delta safari lodge is inside the Moremi Game Reserve. Be sure to ask beforehand to ensure that your fully informed.
Can I include more than one safari lodge in my package?
Yes, you can include as many lodges as you like - all our packages are customizable to suit your particular needs.
Can I fly commercially to the lodge or will I require a charter flight?
This depends on the location of the lodge. While South Africa's lodges and the lodges in the Chobe National Park are easily accessible by commercial flight and short overland transfer, the lodges in the Okavango Delta, Zambia, Namibia and Mozambique are typically reached by charter flight.
Are all lodges fully inclusive?
While most lodges include all meals, activities, and selected beverages, a few more budget-friendly lodges will rather add all your drinks to the bill at the end of your stay. Be sure to confirm beforehand.
Are there any other additional costs involved?
Once you have booked and paid for your safari package, the only additional costs you need to worry about are curio shop purchases, spa treatments, laundry services (at certain lodges), drinks not included in the package price and gratuities.
Where are the best lodges located?
In terms of value and sightings, the lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park - like those in the Sabi Sand - are highly revered. However, it remains a very subjective issue and depends on what kind of safari you are after.
What sets a lodge package apart from a guided overland safari?
The most appealing element for many guests are the open 4x4 game drives, as well as the full board factor.
Could I be transferred overland rather than flying to the lodge?
While flights are preferable - as they save a considerable amount of time - overland transfers are certainly possible for guests who wish to enjoy the scenic route, and also where they are preferable and possible alternatives to expensive charter flights, as is sometimes the case with Madikwe, Welgevonden and Marataba.
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