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The Top 10 Safari Lodges to Visit in South Africa in 2024

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Author: Lana Goodwin - 9 February 2023

Last Update: 30 April 2024

Located in the stunning African wilderness, the best safari lodges to stay at in South Africa in 2024 embody ethical and sustainable luxury.

Eco-consciousness is the name of the game at these one-of-a-kind locations, where conservation efforts and unobtrusive construction blend with the natural environment to deliver an unspoiled experience of the African bush.

Aerial view of Ulusaba Rock Lodge, South Africa | Photo credit: Ulusaba Rock Lodge
Aerial view of Ulusaba Rock Lodge, South Africa | Photo credit: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Embracing conservation, luxury, and unparalleled hospitality, they promise an unforgettable safari adventure, marrying the thrill of wildlife with the serenity of nature’s unspoiled beauty.

Here’s our collection of the top 10 safari lodges in South Africa 2024.

Londolozi Private Granite Suites

Londolozi Granite Suites, a 5-star luxury safari lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, is renowned for its unique blend of experiential luxury and natural beauty.

The Private Granite Suites, designed for elegance and comfort, offer a remarkable river setting with views of wandering elephant herds. These suites feature contemporary African design, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces with large doors and windows opening to the Sand River.

The double volume thatched central lodge includes lounge areas with comfortable seating, an extensive deck and dining area, outdoor boma and central swimming pool all with stunning river views.

Dulini Moya Lodge

Set in a peaceful riverine grove and embraced in a leafy canopy of giant Ebony trees, Dulini Moya’s six exquisite suites all offer private views of the Mabrak River and feature heated plunge pools, outdoor showers and shady decks. Interiors epitomise romance with canopies of billowing mosquito nets and beautiful bathrooms.

Fine wine and dining, enhanced by the culinary tradition of African flavours, complements the luxurious safari accommodation while personal butlers attend to guest’s every whim. Enjoy a workout in the well-equipped gym, relax in the guest lounge, dine under the ancient jackalberry tree, or steal away for a romantic private dinner at your suite.

Enjoy a workout in the well-equipped gym, relax in the guest lounge, dine under the ancient jackalberry tree, or steal away for a romantic private dinner at your suite.

Elephant Plains Game Lodge

Situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Elephant Plains Game Lodge offers comfortable, stylish and affordable luxury.

Attention to detail, warm hospitality, and personal service make Elephant Plains Game Lodge an accommodation guests keep returning to. While the Big Five and a host of other game roam this area, it’s also famous for its vast array of bird species.

Indulge in stargazing excursions, twice-daily guided safaris and ultra-immersive bush walks, between fine dining and sampling the lodge’s impressive wine cellar. Elephant Plains boasts an abnormally high concentration of leopard sightings, so if you’re aiming to spot this elusive big cat, look no further.

Kapama River Lodge

Kapama River Lodge, located in Kapama Private Game Reserve, offers a luxurious safari experience with 64 spacious bedrooms. Each room has an en-suite bathroom and terrace with views of the Big 5 game reserve.

Key features include a large rim-flow swimming pool, sun loungers, and a relaxation lounge with a bar. The lounge, boasting a double-volume thatch and a large double-sided fireplace, creates a cozy yet open atmosphere for guests.

Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the spa situated at River Lodge has six sumptuous treatment rooms in a setting surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld. Arranged around a generous central lap pool the spa evokes a sense of calm.

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

One of the most eco-friendly safari lodges in South Africa, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve was conceived to blend in with its natural environment from every angle. Get in touch with nature’s restoring tranquility while soaking up undisturbed views of the endless bushveld.

Notable features include a meditation garden, an underground wine cellar with 6000 bottles of rare wines, a spa that offers holistic treatments, and a one-of-a-kind outdoor boma. Local Shangaan trackers and highly experienced guides are on hand to take you on daily game drives for a wilderness experience you won’t soon forget.

Each of the suites at this luxury lodge features individually designed furniture, a private plunge pool, an enormous, ensuite, glass-fronted bathroom and both an indoor and outdoor shower.

Singita Boulders Lodge

Located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve next to the world-famous Kruger National Park, Singita Boulders Lodge takes its name from the Shangaan phrase ‘places of miracles’. Twelve luxurious glass-fronted suites blend into the boulder-strewn banks of the Sand River, each featuring a private deck, heated pool, fireplace, and outdoor shower.

Vast decks and walkways continue the immersion in nature, while various experiences and activities offer exclusive access to 45,000 acres in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

After a day out spotting elephants, lions, cheetahs, hippos, wild dogs, and other game, tuck into the lodge’s extensive collection of wines – it’s renowned for being one of Africa’s most prolific collectors.

Ulusaba Rock Lodge

As one of Sir Richard Branson’s collection of lodges within Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, Ulusaba Rock Lodge represents the peak of style and comfort.

Uninterrupted panoramic vistas over the African bushveld will have you shaking off your city blues in no time at all. Located on a hilltop, each suite is individually decorated and offers up sumptuous accommodation.

Whether you’re relaxing at the pool, getting an aerial perspective on a helicopter flip, or being guided through the bush be an expert tracker and guide, you’re never far from the tranquility of nature.

Rock Lodge features ten individually designed rooms and suites as well as a swimming pool, gymnasium, a wine cellar, Aroma Boma spa with panoramic views, a Bush Observatory perfect for stargazing and tennis courts.

Lion Sands River Lodge

The only private reserve sharing access to the perennial Sabie River with Kruger National Park, Lion Sands Game Reserve features stunning views and incredible wildlife viewing. Apart from the Big Five, the area is renowned for its record number of leopard sightings, a rare treat when it comes to this elusive big cat.

Safari lunches, boma dinners, and sundowners on the deck will have you blissfully slipping away into the sights, sounds, and scents of the African bush, while highly trained trackers and guides will share their knowledge on twice-daily game drives.

Do not miss the creative lab to print your personal photos onto high-quality canvas, and create a special keepsake or pass on as gifts.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Serene and delightfully secluded Tintswalo safari lodge is located next to Kruger National Park in the Manyeleti Game Reserve. Every suite is kitted out in 19th-century charm, with a private pool, all the creature comforts you could desire, and stunning views of the waterhole, guaranteeing spectacular wildlife sightings.

Featuring one of the lowest vehicle densities in the Greater Kruger, Tintswalo offers up the ultimate in safari exclusivity. Enjoy uninterrupted game viewing, guided by expert local trackers who know the environment like the back of their hands. Special trips include guided game walks, hot-air balloon rides, and stargazing excursions.

Tintswalo Safari suites all situated along a seasonal river bed among an ancient sycamore tree grove. The exquisitely appointed main lodge overlooks a waterhole frequented by a large herd of elephant and other big game.

Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Mluwati River, Hoyo Hoyo safari lodge blends traditional Tsonga style with the ultimate in luxury. The lodge is steeped in modern day comfort and blends into the surrounding bush perfectly.

Hosting a maximum of 12 guests at a time, exclusivity is guaranteed, and hospitality is supreme. Indulge in spa treatments, tuck into three-course dinners and enjoy the privacy of your own deck.

The Mluwati concession was one of the first private concessions in the Kruger National Park and you won’t have to look far to see the benefits of its conservation efforts. Apart from the Big Five, Hoyo Hoyo boasts some 500 bird species and you’ll be able to see all of them on a guided walking safari.


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