If you have any sort of vacation aspirations, you probably have a safari earmarked on your ‘to do’ list. Africa is a continent with such beauty and mystery, and she offers so many great opportunities for adventure and excitement. If you want to get the full-on safari experience, it is important to make sure you focus on luxury. This way, you can spend the day roughing it in the wilderness with all of the animals, before heading back to your impressive lodge for some wind-down time. With that in mind, these are 5 of the best luxury destinations to consider for your next safari.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa
South Africa is one of the most gorgeous countries in Africa, and it presents plenty of opportunity for a delightful luxury safari. One of the places you should definitely check out is the Richard Branson-owned Ulusaba Private Reserve in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. This game reserve offers you a stunning 13,500 hectares to roam and has one of the best Big Five experiences on the continent. This 5-star lodge will cost around $8,000 NZD per person for a 7-night stay, offers 21 rooms, and has stunning moonlit dinners. A must for luxury safari enthusiasts!
Mara Bushtops, Kenya
Kenya offers some pretty unforgettable safari adventures – I know because I previously enjoyed a cycling safari across Kenya! Mara Bushtops is certainly one of the luxury camps that is worth visiting while checking out the life-changing Maasai Mara. Here you can enjoy unlimited power, 24-hour butler service, and game drives in luxurious 4x4s, with experienced rangers too! Enjoy the Maasai Mara in luxury style by checking out this stunning, opulent camp.
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge, Botswana
With a name like Belmond Eagle Lodge, you get the impression that this place is all about luxury, and you’d be right! This wonderful tented camp in Botswana is tucked away in the heart of one of the most breathtaking places on Earth, the Okavango Delta. If you are serious about enjoying fine dining (with a view), spacious rooms, comfort, stunning surroundings, and immersive safari adventures then this is somewhere you should definitely check out.
Alex Walker’s Serian Serengeti South, Tanzania
Among the best camps in Tanzania, Alex Walker’s Serian is luxury with a bang. It is pretty evident that Tanzania is one of the best places in the world to find a luxury safari, and this is one of the best camps for that. Nestled away in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, you can enjoy the main camp with 6 elegant, luxury tents, and the opportunity for stunning walks along the shores of Lake Eyasi.
Banjaar Tola, India
A bit of a curveball this one, but India also provides a magnificent opportunity for safari greatness. Banjaar Tola is one of the leading choices for a luxury safari in India and offers packages from around $9,000 NZD per person. The proximity lies close to India’s famed Kanha National Park, where you can find lots of tigers, hyenas, foxes, deer, monkeys, and 300 species of bird as well! This is the perfect place to enjoy the luxury of a safari break with a difference; discover the natural beauty of India in style.
As you can see, these are five rather incredible luxury safaris. These provide you with the perfect backdrop to indulge in the beauty of the world’s most stunning continents and see some pretty amazing animals in the process as well. If you think we have missed any of the list, add them to the comments below!