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Top 10 Luxury Lodges

These top 10 luxury lodges in Africa will spoil you rotten, with granite bathtubs placed outside next to frequently used elephant pathways, exclusive open-air suites with views across hippo-strewn lagoons and phenomenal service.

At Yellow Zebra, we love luxury safaris! Think exquisite lodges and sumptuous tented camps set in prime locations for both comfort and game viewing – you will feel as if you are in the true wilderness, without missing out on the all-important feeling of indulgence. With well-appointed en-suite bathrooms, elegant furnishings, fresh crisp linen sheets, warm blankets and hot water bottles for chilly nights, and a spacious private deck with a plunge pool, wonderful for watching the animals pass by, accommodation like this is far more luxurious than you would ever imagine a ‘tent’ could be!

Dining alfresco under the stars, served by world-class chefs and appreciating wines specially selected from impressive cellars to enhance your dish, you will probably want for nothing more… but your personal butler will be on hand to take care of even the smallest request! Enjoying excellent food is an essential part of an African safari – and the best lodges and camps entice the most amazing chefs, those who are keen to take on the challenge of creating spectacular cuisine in such remote areas - making for the best safari in Africa!

The Yellow Zebra Top 10 luxury lodges and camps take what you think you know of opulent comforts and catapults it to the next level. 

"Nothing short of exceptional. These are really top notch safari camps and some of the very best in Africa. Fantastic for the game viewing, watching the Great Migration and for experiencing the ultimate luxury that this continent has to offer!"
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Julian Co-Founder of YZ

Our top ten luxury lodges

1. Singita Faru Faru, Tanzania

Located in the heart of the private Singita Grumeti Reserves just above the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, Faru Faru Lodge is one of Tanzania’s finest lodges. It looks out over a watering hole onto Grumeti River. This is a fantastic location, where game is often viewable from camp.

2. Zarafa Camp, Botswana

Intimate, unspoiled and full of character, Zarafa is one of our favourite camps anywhere. This company prides itself on its conservation model of tourism, which involves making a lasting and sustainable difference to iconic wilderness areas worldwide. Zarafa holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and it was the first property in Botswana to be listed by Relais & Châteaux.

3. Singita Lebombo, South Africa

Exciting game-viewing combined with sheer luxury, Lebombo is one of our favourite lodges in the whole of South Africa. Its 15 suites are made almost entirely of glass and wood with amazing views. They are spacious, open plan, and feature an enormous bed and two showers.

4. Mombo Camp, Botswana

Mombo Camp is located on the north-west tip of Chief’s Island, in Moremi Game Reserve – the heart of the Okavango Delta. Mombo is often described as the finest safari camp in Africa and unbelievably good for game all year.

5. Serra Cafema, Namibia

Serra Cafema is located in the far north of Namibia on the Angolan border. Approximately 250 kilometres from the closest village, this camp is in the middle of nowhere – a no-man's-land where nomadic tribes live off one of the most arid landscapes on the planet. It is one of the finest lodges in the country and one of our favourites in Africa.

6. Mara Plains, Kenya

Mara Plains Camp is situated in the centre of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, along a bend on the Ntiakitiak River and surrounded by riverine forest, offer a more private game-viewing experience, away from the crowds. If you love luxury safari, you will love it here!

7. Singita Sasakwa, Tanzania

A magnificent location, spectacular views, old-time grandeur along with modern day luxury. The company prides itself on providing high-quality accommodation in pristine areas while conserving and preserving these wild surrounds – we think Sasakwa Lodge is rather special!

8. Vumburu Plains, Botswana

Vumbura Plains is located within the excellent Vumbura Concession in the northern Okavango Delta, regarded widely as one of Africa’s finest private reserves and is one of the few places in the Delta to offer wet and dry game viewing at any time of year. 

9. Londolozi Granite Private Suites, South Africa

Londolozi Granite is one of five camps located in the private Londolozi Reserve which is in the heart of South Africa’s Sabi Sands. Standards of service, food and drink, and guiding are phenomenally high and the suites are available for exclusive use. 

10. Beho Beho, Tanzania

Beho Beho is located in Tanzania’s wonderful Selous Game Reserve. Superbly well run, luxurious, and with a focus on high-quality walking safaris, Beho Beho is one of the finest lodges in the country and one of our favourites in Africa.

If you are interested in including one of these luxury lodges in your safari to Africa, just let one of our experts know here and they can help you plan your adventure today.