Top luxury African safari lodges you’ll absolutely love
There's nothing like viewing the amazing wildlife of Africa in its natural habitat, but that doesn’t mean having to rough it. Far from it! Africa travel expert Justine Glen at Reis Voyage suggests three top luxury safari lodge experiences…
The popularity of luxury African lodge holidays is definitely on the rise — and with good reason.
A luxury African safari will take your experience to another level. It will allow you to soak up the breathtaking scenery and get up close to the wildlife that makes this continent so incredible, while enjoying absolute comfort.
Here are three standout luxury lodges that all offer something truly special.
1. Chinzombo Camp by Norman Carr Safaris, South Luangwa National Park (Zambia)
Situated on the banks of the Luangwa River in Zambia, Chinzombo camp consists of just six luxurious twin villas, all with their own private plunge pools and camp spa facilities. With extra space and absolute privacy, each villa is the perfect sanctuary after a full day of game drives.
Norman Carr Safaris operates five camps in the South Luangwa National Park, of which Chinzombo is the newest. Packages include accommodation, meals, standard drinks, laundry, two guided safari activities each day, airport transfers to and from Mfuwe, and inter-camp transfers as needed.
Prime safari season in Zambia runs between June and October each year. These drier months see an abundance of wildlife clustered around local waterholes, which often attracts predators. For a unique, up close and personal affair, walking safaris are available from camp to camp.
If you prefer greener pastures, then the best time to visit Zambia is between January and May. The green season is truly breathtaking and the ideal time to snap shots of the prolific birdlife.
Norman Carr Safaris’ guides are highly knowledgeable on all aspects of the African landscape and will ensure you don’t miss any of the highlights that your choice of season has to offer.
2. Northern Serengeti Nomad Lamai Camp, Serengeti National Park (Tanzania)
Located near the famous Mara River, Lamai Serengeti offers a remarkably intimate and rustic luxury lodge experience. Situated on the rocky hill of Kogakuria Kopje, the camp provides discerning travellers with some of the best panoramic views anywhere in Africa. From July to October, Lamai Serengeti is also the perfect location to see the spectacular annual wildebeest migration — and the river crossings that have been featured in countless wildlife documentaries. This is the place to see it for yourself!
The lodge has just twelve rooms: eight larger suites for families or small groups, and four twin rooms in a smaller, private lodge setting, which are perfect for those seeking true intimacy. The décor and design are one of absolute bush luxury, with earthy tones and locally crafted furnishings and works of art. These elements work together to create a unique sense of connection with the stunning natural world outside. This camp is not to be missed.
3. Mara Plains Camp, Maasi Mara National Reserve (Kenya)
With its extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities, the Maasi Mara is high on the list of must-see’s for many visitors to Africa. However, there is a way you can avoid the tourist crush and do it in style. Mara Plains Camp is a boutique tented lodge located in a private game reserve of 35,000 acres in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The area is home to a high concentration of big cats, including lion, leopard and cheetah.
The camp’s decor can best be described as decadent bush elegance, which blends with, rather than detracts from, the natural surroundings. There are just seven luxurious twin tents, reminiscent of East Africa’s rich safari history. The traditional style copper bath is an enticing feature, offering a stunning view out over your private verandah. Each tent includes the use of a Canon camera, lenses and a pair of Swarovski binoculars to capture all the incredible wildlife moments.
Mara Plains Camp is open year round and is fully inclusive. The best time for the annual migration is July and August (depending on rainfall). Plan on four nights here as a minimum. You won’t want to leave!
This post was provided by Reis Voyage and edited by The Big Bus tour and travel guide.
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About the writer
Justine Glen considers herself to be one of the lucky ones. Having worked on an overland safari truck for three years, before residing in the safari capital of Tanzania for 12 years, a large chunk of her life has been dedicated to showing visitors the awe-inspiring destination that is Africa. Now with over 20 years’ experience, Justine has brought a dream to life by founding her own Africa travel company — Reis Voyage. Launched in 2015, Justine’s aim at Reis Voyage is to share her knowledge, passion and experiences in Africa and to inspire clients with a bucket list of luxury African adventures.