The word “safari” comes from the East African language Swahili, and means “long journey”.
Southern Africa has been made famous amongst travellers for “safaris” through unspoilt wilderness areas, safari and game lodges and, of course, the Big 5 that are to be found!
There are a number of places that are ubiquitous with the word “safari”, such as the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Etosha National Park in Namibia, or the Kalahari in between the three countries. The word itself conveys romantic pictures of the African bushveld, the animals, the bird calls, and clear starry nights around a warm fire. It is no wonder then that so many lodges, all over Southern Africa, can stake this claim. The Safari Lodge industry in Southern Africa is as varied as the experiences it offers and the animals to be seen.
The majority of the safari lodges in Southern Africa are built around and in the big game areas of the region, such as the Sabi Sands and the Timbavati areas alongside the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park in Botswana; as well as other big conservation or wilderness areas within the various other countries.
Your requirements are sure to be met as each lodge is unique in service, staff, and setting. Many are 5-star big-5 luxury lodges and are sold on an all-inclusive basis. Usually that includes bed, meals, local drinks, game drives, or other activities. Others are 3 or 4-star, may have some of the big-5 and are sold on a bed and breakfast, or dinner, bed and breakfast basis. Some are permanent structures