8 Incredible Luxury Hotels And Lodges To Experience In Africa
Africa is home to incredible natural splendor ranging from Kenya’s wide plains to Namibia’s vast deserts, providing stunning settings for boutique hotels and lodges across its expanse. Be it tracking mountain gorillas or relaxing on the beach – Africa offers unforgettable getaways! These luxury hotels and lodges make unforgettable getaways.
At Luangwa River Camp, guests can choose between 10 uniquely designed suites with private plunge pools. Furthermore, various activities including game drives, horseback safaris and walking adventures are offered throughout their stay.
1. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest
One&Only’s luxurious retreat nestled into Rwanda’s lofty Virunga Mountains provides an immersive experience in nature’s most intimate stage. Their new luxury sanctuary provides an immersive experience within Rwanda itself and is an excellent location from which to track mountain gorillas at Volcanoes National Park.
14 rooms and 7 suites provide luxurious contemporary sanctuary accommodation that are sure to inspire. Enjoy organic dining as well as treatments inspired by local Rwandan ingredients for body and soul care.
The lodge provides access to five of the Virunga range’s eight volcanic mountains and offers a host of activities that raise the standard of hospitality, from gorilla trekking and hiking, visiting Dian Fossey’s former home, as well as being the ideal starting point for discovering Ruhengeri, with its traditional crafts, as well as participating in Umuganda, an international clean-up and conservation initiative.
2. Sanctuary Retreats
Sanctuary Retreats operates a wide range of luxury safari camps throughout Southern and Eastern Africa under their motto of ‘Luxury Naturally.’ Their lavish properties are situated in prime game-viewing areas for an immersive safari experience.
Sanctuary Botswana features three camps; Sanctuary Baines’ Camp is set within the exclusive Mombo Concession in Okavango Delta on Chief’s Island; Stanley’s Camp provides traditional safari experience in Khwai Floodplain while Chobe Chilwero stands as an intimate boutique lodge that provides breathtaking views of nearby floodplains and islands.
Sanctuary Kichakani in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park is a mobile safari camp that follows the annual wildebeest migration, immersing guests in this unforgettable experience from their own private tented suite. Not only can guests experience it up close; Kichakani also boasts outstanding culinary offerings under an endless sky full of stars while elephants wander past. Relax by the split-level swimming pool before experiencing world-class wines during a three-course meal in their tent suite!
3. Singita Sabora Tented Camp
At this camp in the Serengeti, guests find themselves immersed in both wild and luxurious landscapes. Each of its nine canvas-topped suites offers a new take on safari reverie; featuring open floor plans blending indoors and outdoor spaces seamlessly; spacious bathrooms equipped with freestanding tubs, double sink vanities, reading areas featuring Swarovski spotting scopes; as well as decor featuring campaign furniture such as campaign chairs or Zanzibari trunks that reflect earthy tones reflective of surrounding grasslands.
The main lodge boasts a lounge, dining room, bar tent and expansive deck that looks out onto the savannah. Alternatively, guests may prefer dining in their suite, one of two intimate outdoor salas or at a watering hole which attracts wildlife regularly.
Singita is known for providing exceptional food and beverage experiences, with meals and drinks included as part of its daily rate. Wine plays an integral role at Singita as an ambassador of its region; Sommeliers provide tasting sessions for guests. Furthermore, this hotel partners with several nonprofit funds and trusts across its region.
4. Little Kulala
Little Kulala stands in the Kulula Wilderness Reserve and within sight of Sossusvlei’s iconic red dunes, offering guests desert luxury at its finest. Boasting eleven thatched kulalas (the word means ‘to sleep’), which blend effortlessly into their timeless desert landscape; each features exquisite fittings and an innovative bleach deck complete with private plunge pool for additional stargazing pleasure; each of these kulalas also comes equipped with its own rooftop skybed for romantic stargazing experience – rising early to witness sunrise over Sossusvlei is truly life changing!
Little Kulala takes advantage of the Namib’s stellar skies to offer guests unique activities, including scorpion tracking at night using UV lights, as well as using its majestic dunes and mysterious pans for stargazing ‘sleep outs”.
Little Kulala provides a full-board package, including accommodation, meals and most activities. Additional excursions can be added ad hoc.
5. Zannier Hotels Sonop
Namibian Desert Tented Lodge captures the elegance and romance of old-world safari with 10 spacious tents boasting antique furniture, colorful rugs, precious wood flooring and panoramic views for dreamy stargazing experiences. Constructed on top of boulders for maximum luxury experience reminiscent of 1920’s British colonial adventure era adventure. Panoramic views and in-tent telescopes add an additional sense of magic while in-tent telescopes allow for relaxing stargazing experiences.
Zannier Hotels Sonop offers guests luxury amenities, including an open-air cinema, cocktail and cigar lounge, spa services and heated outdoor infinity pool. In addition, the hotel hosts special astronomy evenings to give visitors a greater understanding of all the stars and galaxies filling our skies.
At 13,800 acres inhabited by oryxes, brown hyenas, kudus, rabbits, foxes and jackals there is an incredible array of excursions available for guests to experience the wilderness – on foot, electric bike or horseback!
Segera Ranch stands as an innovative conservation ranch and model of sustainability, boasting breathtaking views of Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley. With an emphasis on community, culture, conservation and commerce; Segera stands at the forefront of solving Africa’s complex conservation conundrums.
At Laikipia Plateau’s remote area, guests are treated to large villas that exude relaxation and privacy, with spacious en-suite bedrooms that come equipped with outdoor baths and sun loungers – not forgetting its signature wine tower that houses their collection of handpicked wines!
Highlights include an Explorer Lounge featuring rare antique European furniture, and dining room with large crystal chandeliers by Jochen Zeitz; its dining room boasts enormous crystal chandeliers; renovated stables contain artwork by Jochen Zeitz; take an unforgettable helicopter flight over Kenya’s breathtaking landscape and wildlife, or sleep under the stars in Nay Palad Bird Nest, a raised nest offering an indoor bedroom and rooftop bed for stargazing!
7. Royal Chundu
Royal Chundu Lodge on Zambian side of Zambezi River provides two kinds of accommodations. Choose between beautifully designed and spacious thatched villas at River Lodge or Island Lodge tucked away on Katombora Island for full board booking that include all meals, beverages and activities such as daily sunset river cruises, birding safaris, canoeing and fishing – ideal options for active travelers!
Royal Chundu takes great pride in providing its guests with outstanding service and care, developed through years of training staff like family. Each opulent suite at Royal Chundu boasts stunning decor featuring cobalt blue hues with earthy tones for added ambience; some even feature private decks to enjoy views of river rapids whizzing past.
This lodge lies less than 30 kilometres from Victoria Falls and offers 14 suites situated along the Zambezi River. Both River Lodge and Island come equipped with spectacular kaleidoscopic views as well as amenities such as air conditioning, mini bar, en-suite bathroom with mosquito nets, in-room safe, satellite television and an inviting pool for relaxing after an adventuresome day at Victoria Falls.
8. Ellerman House
Ellerman House is an extravagant Cape Edwardian mansion with exquisite art collections and breathtaking ocean views, providing guests with an experience unlike any other. Its interiors showcase both early 1900s and modern art (complete with guided tours!), while the one-and-a-half acre garden serves as a showcase for indigenous fynbos reminiscent of Kirstenbosch nearer the coast.
Our 13 exquisite ensuite rooms and two private villas provide privacy and an indulgent sense of luxury, particularly when combined with our award-winning spa services. Furthermore, their location high above Bantry Bay with incredible views of Table Mountain, Clifton beaches and V&A Waterfront make this hotel truly unparalleled.
Ellerman House can arrange an expedition to Antarctica by private jet for those seeking adventure, allowing guests to stay in a luxury base camp while trekking through blue caves and watching Emperor penguin chicks take their first steps. Please consult your Travel Expert as the dates of this trip vary seasonally; highlights may also include diving with Benguela Diamonds where guests can select a rough diamond that will later be polished into jewelry pieces.