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4 incredible safari lodges and camps around the world

A safari holiday will get you closest to the action. Here’s where to stay.

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In terms of a holiday that offers proximity to wildlife and scenic immersion, you can’t beat a safari. A safari in Africa will not only give you the rare opportunity to spot one (or all) of the Big Five in the wild, but also a chance to spend an extended period surrounded by nature, free from the distractions of everyday life. 

In order to do just that, you will need to find the perfect base. From glamping pods to lodges with relaxing swimming pools, we've rounded up some of the finest safari accommodations around the world:

Mabula Game Lodge, South Africa  

Mabula Game Lodge is set in the bush, in the Waterberg region of South Africa’s Limpopo Province. The stylish accommodation pairs perfectly with the wild surrounds, with neutral tones, thatch roofs, and oversized windows to bring more of the outdoor scenery indoors. During your stay, you are likely to spot animals wandering through the lodge’s gardens.

Because of the surrounding environment, many of Mabula’s activities are bush-based. Meaning you can delight in horseback safaris, afternoon bush barbecues, quad bike rides, guided bush walks, and birdwatching tours on which you can spot the Amur Falcon or Red-crested Korhaan.

Camp Bethel, South Africa 

 

If you are seeking a simpler, more rustic experience for your safari holiday, look no further than Camp Bethel. The tented camp is in an ideal location, just 29 miles from Kruger National Park, one of the continent’s largest, most impressive game reserves. As Kruger is on your doorstep, the camp organises day trips, picnic lunches, nature walks, and night safaris throughout this biodiversity haven.

The tents are set on timber decks in the natural South African bush, with each tent featuring a private bathroom. Wildlife such as kudu, impala, and zebra, roam freely about the property. By night, take your dinner outdoors, beside the log fire, and enjoy the region's delicious local produce.

Ashnil Aruba Lodge, Kenya

Ashnil Aruba Lodge lies in the heart of Tsavo East National Park, a sprawling region of arid bushland in southeastern Kenya. Tsavo East, one of the nation’s oldest national parks, is home to red elephant, lion, buffalo, and leopard. As the park’s Aruba Dam attracts plenty of birdlife (more than 200 species), the lodge’s naturalist will be happy to take you on a guided tour to discover more.

The lodge is made up of 46 deluxe ensuite rooms and six luxury tents. And if your dream safari trip involves taking a relaxing dip after a long day spotting one of the Big Five in the wild, the lodge’s beautiful swimming pool, which overlooks the game park, is ideal for a splash. The lodge’s restaurant is also popular among guests, serving buffets featuring international and traditional African meals.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge, South Africa

African Pride Irene Country Lodge is a place of peace. Travel down a lane lined by oak trees and beside a picturesque lake, you will find the lodge. Just 20 minutes from Pretoria, the capital of South Africa, this luxurious accommodation features a spa, outdoor pool, hot tub, spacious rooms, dining options, and 24-hour room service. The lodge also offers activities for the whole family, including outdoor film nights, picnics, and afternoon tea at the farm.

We currently offer safari holidays to all of these brilliant safari accommodations. Whether you are eager to explore Book a once-in-a-lifetime safari trip with us today.

Serena is a writer based in London. Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, she calls the UK home despite only recently acclimatising to the dearth of sunshine. Her writing has appeared in The Independent, Business Insider, South China Morning Post, i-D, Refinery29, Glamour, Vox, Metro, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan. She has also published a book of aerial photography: How Women See The World. Throughout her decade-long career, Serena has told the stories of Arctic explorers, human rights activists, award-winning chefs, refugees, and the UK’s last lighthouse keepers.

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