It’s hard not to fall under the spell of Africa with its magnificent landscapes and wildlife, but spotting the big five doesn’t necessarily entail giving up your creature comforts. There are luxury lodges and exotic camp retreats across the magical continent that provide experiences on par with any world-class hotel.
For ultimate indulgence – Segera Retreat, Kenya
A truly secluded and tranquil retreat, this wilderness paradise is set in a sprawling sanctuary on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. Each of Segera’s six deluxe villas have unsurpassed views of Mount Kenya as well as sundecks, open-air Jacuzzis and private swing beds. It has three gourmet restaurants to choose from and you can even borrow a 1976 Rolls Royce convertible to voyage across the savannah in style.
For exclusivity – Serengeti mobile safari, Tanzania
Sleeping in a tent doesn’t exactly scream luxury, but these mobile camps are renowned for both their comfort and elegance. The walk-in tents have en suite bathrooms, hot showers, personal service attendants, with superb local cuisine served throughout. By far and away the most exclusive Serengeti stay!
For thrill-seekers – heli-safari, Namibia
For the ultimate in adventure, why not see Africa from the air? This three week package takes off in East Africa and ends with a fortnight exploring Namibia’s breathtaking Skeleton Coast. During your stay you’ll stay in some of the country’s most exclusive desert retreats where you’ll see everything from big game to sand dunes.
For couples – Jack’s Camp, Botswana
Botswana at its best, Jack’s camp is an oasis tucked into a palm grove. Situated on the edge of the glistening Makgadikgadi saltpans, couples are sure to rekindle the flame in this dreamlike location. Jack’s Camp has won countless travel awards, often being hailed as one of the most peaceful retreats in Africa.
For the whole family – The Ant’s Nest, South Africa
This welcoming colonial homestead is situated on a private game reserve in the Waterberg Highlands (a malaria-free zone). It contains six lavish en suite guest rooms and a large heated pool that the kids are sure to love. They can also be kept busy with a range of activities such as horse riding, leaving you to time to kick back and enjoy the view.