Going on an African safari is one of those life-changing experiences that everybody should have at the top of their bucket list, and, these days, going on a safari does not mean that you have to give up your comforts. African safaris have stepped up their game, and in addition to the breathtaking landscape and African wildlife, they also offer luxurious accommodation options. OROGOLD reviews the most luxe African Safaris to choose from.
Mahali Mzuri, Masai Mara, Kenya
Richard Branson’s safari camp is located in one of the best game reserves in Africa. Spot the Big Five on a private safari into the bush, either on wheels, on foot, or by hot air balloon. Game drives at night are also offered, enabling you to see the animals in their nocturnal environment. The accommodation consists of 12 ‘tents’, each with canopied verandas and roll top bath tubs. When you’re not out in the bush, you can relax in the Main Tent in front of the fireplace, choosing from the entertainment options on offer, including iPads, books, game consoles and DVDs. You can also enjoy the many treatments at the spa, after sipping on a drink in the outdoor infinity pool, overlooking the reserve.
This safari camp opened just last year, and consists of six luxury villas, each with their own private dining areas, lounges, libraries and swimming pools. Chinzombo is located in the most game-rich area of the South Luangwa National Park, meaning that there are always plenty of opportunities to see the wildlife, even from your own private viewing deck. After a busy day of game drives with your own private guide, you can relax at the spa and yoga area, and take an evening stroll along the banks of the Luangwa River.
Zambezi Queen, Botswana
The Zambezi Queen is a luxury boat, providing African safaris with a twist. Based on the Chobe River, between Namibia and Botswana, the safari offers 2 to 3 night itineraries, including side trips to bring their guests even closer to the wildlife. Don’t worry about missing out on seeing the magnificent African bush, as the safari also includes land-based game drives in 4×4 vehicles at the Chobe National Park. With all the wildlife to take in, visits to traditional villages, and spacious private cabins on the luxury boat, each with panoramic views, it is definitely a safari not to be missed.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Tanzania
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge, located in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, provides the African safari experience with all the comforts of a luxury hotel. One of the most favored features of the hotel is the live stream broadcast to all guest TVs from a webcam located at the local watering hole. In addition to the 77 guest rooms, the hotel has 12 private suites, each with their own plunge pool. The hotel’s walkways are elevated directly over the African bush, and staff stand by at night with flashlights, just in case guests stumble off the path and into the bush.
Seeing the Big Five in their natural habitat is just one of the reasons that the African safari is such a great experience. The sun, blue skies, vast landscape, native wildlife and the intoxicating sense of heritage and culture will have you yearning to discover more about this magnificent continent.