A luxury safari in Africa is synonymous with intimate safari camps, romantically secluded lodges and vast wildernesses that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Luxury African safaris are what inspired African Sky into existence, and they remain our signature service to this day. We believe that the perfect holiday is not only wild and adventurous, but also soothing to the soul and restorative in nature.
Scattered across the pristine national parks and reserves of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa, nowhere else in the world will you find a superior collection of luxury lodges and extraordinary safari experiences.
Experience South Africa's two premier private game reserves while enjoying luxury safari accommodation at two of the finest lodges imaginable.
Explore Botswana's three top safari areas - Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Savute Channel - during this luxurious wild adventure.
This extraordinary escape provides unique luxury safari experiences in Sossusvlei and the Greater Etosha National Park in Namibia.
The most comprehensive of our luxury safaris visits South Africa, Namibia and Botswana's wilderness areas, as well as Livingstone in Zambia.
There is no greater way to indulge in the finer things in life than a luxury safari in Southern Africa. These extravagant experiences are characterized by opulent suites fit for royalty, a seemingly endless supply of mouthwatering meals, sumptuous spa treatments, and, of course, unforgettable encounters with the continent's bewitching wildlife.
Naturally, you could enjoy plush accommodations anywhere in the world. What sets these luxury lodges apart are their beguiling settings, many of them far-flung and removed from the stifling burdens of civilization. Turn your thoughts instead to the call of the wild, the waterways of the Okavango Delta pierced by the gold of the setting sun, or velveteen night skies resplendent with the silver of the Milky Way.
A luxury lodge is but a pretty shell without the dedication and warmth of its staff. All the lodges we use have been hand-picked for their impeccable service and attention to detail. Staff members all appear to have been hired for their 'sixth sense' - their ability to anticipate your needs, to augment your experience and to ensure that you depart the continent with lasting memories.
The cream of the crop
The most exclusive & luxurious lodges imaginable are located in the Sabi Sand.
Eco-friendly & epicurean
Botswana's luxury lodges are characterized by blending into their natural environments.
Etosha's plush lodgings are situated in game reserves that border the park.
Botswana's Chobe National Park is the country's third largest national park. The bountiful waters of the Chobe River - for which the park is named - draws a spellbinding profusion of wildlife to its fertile shores, particularly astonishing numbers of elephants. Despite its size, Chobe boasts only a small handful of upscale lodges and mobile 'glamping', ensuring an intimate luxury safari experience.
The Timbavati Private Game Reserve is the second most frequented reserve that shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. With fewer lodges, you will find sightings to be pleasantly uncrowded. Timbavati is famous for the rare occurrence of white lions in its prides, but also for its wild safari palaces - lodges where guests can relax in the lap of luxury.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve is located in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, a few hours' drive from the popular Garden Route region. Shamwari is favored amongst families who wish to travel to malaria-free wilderness areas, but not compromise on the delightful indulgence of a luxury safari. The lodges are divided between child-friendly and adult-only, ensuring each guest's needs are met.
Like Shamwari, Madikwe also offers luxury Big Five safaris in a malaria-free wilderness. That's where the similarities end, however. While Shamwari is green and lush, Madikwe straddles two drier eco-zones - bushveld and Kalahari - which creates a very unique environment. Animals that are rarely spotted elsewhere in South Africa - such as the brown hyena - may be encountered in Madikwe.
Welgevonden skirts the majestic Waterberg a convenient distance from Johannesburg and Pretoria. This Big Five-bearing wilderness is characterized by towering ocher mountains and rolling valleys, carpeted with bushveld and semi-arid vegetation. Neighboring Marakele National Park hosts another sumptuous safari lodge - Marataba - in a private concession.
Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province boasts a wilderness unlike any other. With seven distinct eco-systems, your game drives are characterized by constantly shifting tableaus that host the Big Five and a wealth of other species. The reserve's lavish lodges are defined by their surroundings, from the treed groves of Forest Lodge to Rock Lodge's lithic perch.
South Luangwa National Park in Zambia spans a true wilderness area of riverine beauty and oxbow lakes. It is known as the birthplace of the walking safari, and there is no finer place to unwind after a day of exploring than in the venerated villa of a luxury safari lodge. The lodges blend handsomely into their bewitching surroundings, ensuring a seamless transition from bush to abode.
Travel to South Africa for a wide range of safari and tour experiences.
Botswana is a wild paradise of pristine wilderness areas and a wealth of wildlife.
Namibia's top destinations include Swakopmund, Sossusvlei & Etosha.
Zambia's national parks are remote and barely touched by development.
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