A GUIDE TO THE MOST LUXURIOUS AFRICAN SAFARIS
Every country in “safari Africa” has luxurious lodges – even in the most basic sense safaris tend to be very luxurious. Even the least expensive lodges in Africa offer a different level of exceptional hospitality which you cannot easily find anywhere else in the world. However, there are some lodges which almost redefine the meaning of luxury accommodation...
The following safari destinations offer the most opulent and exclusive holiday experiences the world has to offer:
How much does a luxury African safari cost?
The above options are the serious crème de la crème of luxury safaris. They begin from roughly around $2,500 per person per night. Rest assured though, service, food, guiding, wildlife and quality accommodation can all be obtained and for quarter of the price! The height of luxury safaris are some of the best hotel experiences in the world, but you can still have an unbelievable and memorable time without spending a premium. Even the most basic of safari camps we love to recommend (see Chaka at $750 per person per night) are surprisingly luxurious. No safari with us will see you leaving camp without having made a second family, gained a few pounds and experienced some of the finest wildlife encounters the world has to offer.
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LUXURY VACATIONS IN AFRICA BY TYPE
Luxury safaris are the main component of an African holiday. You can do safaris cheaply by going through “drive in” operators and in big groups to the national parks and stay in very rustic lodges for £300 per person per night… Though this is not a very wild or authentic experience! On an Africa Odyssey trip, the luxury comes first and foremost in the quality of wilderness, guides and safari experience. The prices get higher as you up the luxury; but good food, comfortable accommodation, excellent wilderness, good guiding and wildlife is the bare minimum on an Odyssey safari. As the costs go up, of course quality does naturally increase, but as does the added extras like private pools, spas, gyms and anything you could ever imagine… And probably more!
Luxury Indian Ocean Holidays
Beach holidays are also a popular choice for clients looking for a luxury holiday in Africa. Luxury on the beach begins with little boutique hotels which are characterful, authentic and relaxing. Even the best value beach options in Africa (from around $180 per person per night) do sometimes have private plunge pools and all you can want from a luxury holiday without paying apremium. As with safari, as the price increases so does the quality – of the food, the facilities, the size of the pool, the furniture, the spaciousness of your room. Luxury can sometimes be hard to explain on the beach, as some of the most expensive beach lodges like Mnemba does not even have aircon, though the overall experience is absolute barefoot luxury perfection. So luxury definitely in some cases is defined on what is important to you!
Luxury Cape Town Holidays
Luxury city breaks in Africa are rarely done anywhere other than the wonderful and enticing Cape Town. You can stay in some of the most iconic hotels in Africa here (Mount Nelson or Cape Grace), and combining the city lights with a safari really is a one of a kind combination for honeymooners and families alike. As well as luxury in your accommodation, Cape Town offers some of the best dining experiences and the most delicious wines in the world… For lovers of laid-back luxury, sauntering down colourful streets and beautiful cities, Cape Town is perfect.
Luxury Family Safaris:
Luxury family safaris are the ultimate adventure. The beauty of safari is that all ages are engaged and happy when surrounded by unbelievable African wildlife. Add a big of luxury with a private pool for the kids to splash around in freely and you have yourself the most exciting, relaxing and fun family holidays you will ever go on. The age minimum for safaris across the board is generally 6 years old. If you want to do things a bit more privately, we would recommend some exceptional private lodge set ups to make your holiday as relaxing as possible. There are so many exceptional private villas, so we have compiled our favourites in a blog post on the best “framily” private safari lodges.
Luxury African Safari Honeymoons:
For a luxury African honeymoon the possibilities seriously are endless! Every single safari lodge we love to recommend is fit for an exceptional honeymoon experience. Many of the safari lodges have special honeymoon rooms, which we will always request for our clients at no extra cost to you. Often these have an outside bathtub, or a private plunge pool, or are just more spacious and set apart from the rest of the rooms. Another perk we are certain of is that safari camps do honeymoons in serious style! Make sure you tell us it is your honeymoon and on the ground the staff will pepper your stay with little romantic gestures making your special safari that bit more memorable.
Luxury Horse Riding Safaris:
Horse riding in Africa is best done in either Kenya, Botswana or South Africa. Sometimes, people go less to the land of luxury on their riding safaris and “fly camp”, which means moving camp every day and sleeping in a very nice but very intrepid tents. To up the luxury, you can either stay at a permanent lodge which offers horse riding, such as Borana in Kenya. Or, for a mixture of adventure and luxury you can incorporate fly camping with a stay in a permanent lodge, or you can move to a different permanent lodge every day. Options like this are available with Okavango Horse Safaris in Botswana. Call us up for a run down of the best riding options throughout the country.
Luxury Walking Safaris:
Many intrepid travellers are looking for a luxurious, yet adventurous walking safari. There is nowhere else to do this properly than in either Zambia or Zimbabwe. Chikwenya in Mana Pools is the ultimate luxury walking safari spot and the area is up there with Zambia in terms of some of the best walking and guides on the continent. For something more intrepid yet still luxurious you can look at the South Luangwa, walking daily in-between the Time and Tide (the old Norman Carr) camps Kakuli and Mchenja. Whichever you like the look of, luxury is possible even for a seriously adventurous safari.
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Luxury Africa safari trips with Africa Odyssey
As with any destination, new lodges do crop up and our old favourites can change so the best thing to do when deciding on a luxury safari is to give us a call and chat to an expert. All the Africa experts in our team have visited their specialist countries extensively, and regularly re-visit to ensure our favourite luxurious spots are still offering exceptional experiences. If you would like to have a play around with some different options, look at our new itinerary building tool Odyssey Explorer. This is not meant to replace our invaluable advice and recommendations but is great for your own research to see exactly the kind of luxury you can get for your money.
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Our trip... perfect. Everything was perfect. Organisation, people, accomodation, safaris, guides…
Many thanks for a superb holiday – unforgettable.
We had a FANTASTIC experience and I cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for your help in making it so. Each and every place we stayed were wonderful.
All of us agree that our trip could not have been better! If there might be in the future a repeat of a trip to Africa, it goes without saying that it would be organized by you.
I don't normally write reviews but I was genuinely blown away with the holiday but also the level of support from you and the team.
The trip was a 100% success and we could not be more pleased.
The experience was simply great! It worth every single GBP we paid. All arrangements ran fantastically.
We had a wonderful time and we will definitely refer you to those interested in a safari. We had an amazing time and will never forget it!