One of South Africa’s greatest selling points is that it is a destination that allows visitors to experience first world amenities and infrastructure while at the same time providing the opportunity to enjoy a safari experience that will transport the visitor back in time to an age when the Big 5 (Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Cape Buffalo) roamed the Savannah in pristine natural surroundings. For the fortunate few it is also now possible to enjoy a luxury game viewing and safari experience in South Africa while also enjoying the comforts of an ultra luxurious game lodge.
One of the best destinations to enjoy the pampering of a luxury safari experience is the Kruger National Park. Within the confines of the enormous park (19,485 square kilometers or 7,523 square miles), one can find a variety of luxury accommodation options. Getting to these lodges is usually extremely easy in that they are accessed by well-maintained roads and some even offer private airfields.These lodges also offer expert rangers and vehicles that will make game viewing an absolute pleasure. Spending time at one of these lodges will provide memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are some of the best luxury safari options in the Kruger Park and surrounds.
#1 The Royal Malewane.
The Royal Malewane is considered b some to be the best safari lodge in the world. This is safari with a generous dollop of luxury pampering. Startlingly clear vistas over the African veld and a sky bigger than belief are only two of the reasons that this lodge is one of the top rated vacation destinations on the planet. Combine the bounties of nature – including Big 5 game viewing with accommodation offering private plunge pools and colonial styled furnishing this is a lodge which takes your breath away.
Add in the award winning cuisine served with more than ample dashes of style and the opportunity to enjoy a full spa treatment, as well as first class customer care and it becomes readily apparent why the Royal Malewane has garnered a reputation that other lodges can only marvel at.
Vying for the top spot with Royal Malewane in the luxury stakes is Singita, a private game lodge of the fringes of Kruger National Park. Singita offers visitors a variety of different lodges to be based at – including the original Ebony Lodge. It’s here that visitors will be able to enjoy world-class cuisine and pampering in one of the most stunning natural setting son the continent. The addition of a luxury tented camp at Ebony Lodge is a treat for those who want that ‘Old Style’ African safari feel but still enjoy the finer things in life. Of course, a world class spa is also part of the Singita deal. Dining under the stars and a sommelier worthy wine list lend a special air of romance to the Singita experience.
Another contender for a top three position on the luxury safari lodge stakes, Thornybush comes to the luxury market with the Shumbalala Game Lodge. Thornybush is situated at the edge of the Kruger National Park and offers exceptional cuisine and a superior game viewing experience – including ranger-guided walks in the unspoiled African bush. The suites each offer a private game viewing deck and the rooms have spectacular furnishing and an additional outdoor shower – treat for those who want to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the real African bush.
There are numerous other offerings in the luxury market in and around Kruger National Park. This is Africa as it should be enjoyed – unspoiled and tempting. Memories are made, never to be forgotten. A luxury lodge is simply the most elegant way to find out just why Africa continues to beckon those in search of adventure.