Discerning travellers yearning to go on a safari holiday should know it is possible to do so; without sacrificing an ounce of comfort, staying in luxury safari camps and lodges whose facilities are the equal of any world-class city hotel. Forget all about camping in a primitive tent while on safari – nowadays, instead of roughing it, safari-goers can stay at stylish, luxurious lodges and tented camps without lacking any modern creature comfort.
Tambuti Game Lodge
Set in the north western side of the greater Pilanesberg National Park and only 33km from Sun City, this malaria free Tambuti Lodge, a Big Five private game lodge is surrounded by the trees of an old Tambuti forest within the Black Rhino Game Reserve. In the pristine African wilderness at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater, Tambuti Game Lodge offers guests an intimate and luxurious safari experience.
Surrounded by contemporary elegance at Tambuti Lodge, the excellent service and hospitality offered by the Tambuti team, complete your safari lodge experience. Tambuti consists of five opulent chalets; the suites are surrounded by striking tamboti trees, ideal for relaxing on your private viewing deck with a good book whilst enjoying views into the surrounding bush. All of the suites are large and spacious with quality bedding and linen and feature beautifully appointed luxury en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers as well as twin vanities.
The Black Rhino Reserve is positioned between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld so you will find a splendid variety of game, tree and bird species that would never be found cohabiting in another area. Because of this, the species here are incredibly varied and unique from other reserves within Southern Africa – in fact it’s home to over 354 different animal species native to Southern Africa, including the Big Five, the endangered wild dog and other rarer species such as Roan, Tsessebe and Sable antelope.
Kruger National Park
Imbali Safari Lodge
As one of the first private concessions that are a part of the Kruger National Park, the Imbali Safari Lodge is a grand introduction to the park that is a gargantuan 65km wide and 350km in length.
This all-suite Imbali Lodge is luxury redefined with its 12 suites that are tastefully decorated with four poster beds and claw foot bathtubs in the oversized bathrooms that overlook the stunning African bush. But that’s not all, each have their own hot tub on the deck to soak in after an evening safari that is the highlight of the lodge.
So secluded and with the sheer abundance of wildlife, you need a ranger to escort you from your suite to the main lodge! For those with an adventurous streak, Imbali Safari Lodge will even organize a bush picnic lunch that you can relax and indulge in the midst of the curious fauna that graze along the grasslands.
Hamiltons Tented Camp
For all of those that are in the mood for a more colonial feel to their African safari, the Hamiltons Tented Camp is the place to live out those colonial era fantasies. Built to resemble a temporary hunting camp, replete with canvas tented roofs and old British memorabilia, Hamiltons Tented Camp is all about the marriage of nostalgia with the expansive African savannah. A good two hours drive from Kruger’s north eastern Orpen Gate will get you to this blast from the past that overlooks the Nwatswitsonto River.
The six tents—which are accessed from the main tent by a timber sky walkway, skimming the tops of jackalberry trees—are all fashioned with weathered teak floorboards, mosquito net covered beds and outdoor showers.
The al fresco dining area in the main tent of the camp is the perfect spot to enjoy some typically colonial dishes like steak and kidney pie while sipping a gin and tonic. With a renowned wine list to match and impeccable service, even the most discerning traveller can be accommodated.
With a fine tradition of luxury in true “Out of Africa” style, guests are assigned personal butlers and rangers in this 1930s themed tented camp.
Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge
Quintessentially African in all aspects, this luxurious lodge is perched on the banks of the Mluwati River that courses its way through the spellbinding beauty of the Kruger National Park. Consisting of only six ‘mutis’ that are circular, cylindrical tribal huts with earthen walls and conical thatched roofs made from sturdy reed, at Hoyo Foyo Tsonga Lodge one truly gets the impression of being a special guest.
Keep in mind, that going rustic doesn’t mean that you cant enjoy all the creature comforts here, as all the six mutis are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private viewing decks to enjoy the splendour of the elephants going about their daily business.
As Hoyo Hoyo accommodates only 12 guests, the food served here is customized to your own tastes with plenty of game meat like impala, springbok and wilderbeest served in the tiny-yet-intimate dining room just off the cozy sitting area in the lodge’s main building—the perfect place for a nightcap.
Camp Kuzuma is a private and exclusive safari lodge situated in the pristine Kazuma Forest reserve in the Chobe region of Botswana.
Located 85km from Kasane and approximately an hours’ drive from the Kasane airport, the camp offers a unique Botswana Safari experience. Overlooking a regularly frequented waterhole and open plains of the Kazuma Pans, the lodge is situated in the busiest elephant corridor that joins two of the world’s greatest parks: The Chobe National Park in Botswana and the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
With over 20 000 hectares of private traversing concession, Camp Kuzuma offers an incredible and unforgettable African wilderness experience. Guests can enjoy spacious accommodation, delectable food, rejuvenating wellness treatments and exhilarating explorations on land or water. Custom built, open plan Luxury Tented Suites are situated under a canopy of Mopane trees.
The 5 Luxury Tented suites, up to 49 square metres in size each suite exudes a romantic and nostalgic ambience with safari memorabilia throughout. En-suite bathrooms offer high back Victorian baths, double basins, double inside showers and outside showers. The abundance of wildlife roaming the private forestry area of the Kazuma Plains is a sight to behold. Herds roam the open plains: wildebeest, elephant, buffalo, roan antelope, sable, giraffe, lion and leopard are commonly seen in the area.