After the excitement of game drives and hikes, returning to your luxury lodge is a vital part of the safari experience. Even better when you have a sensational view across the magnificent landscape that surrounds you. There’s nothing quite like spotting animals from outside your bedroom, and this is more than possible with some of the epic vistas available. Read on for our guide to the Top 10 Luxury Safari Lodges in Africa For Views…
Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp, Kenya
The exclusive Bush Villa at Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp is not just the only real private luxury home in the Maasai Mara, but also offers a breathtaking view onto the savannah plains.
The stunning, multi-award-winning camp lies right next to the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya in an unspoiled setting of its own 7,000-acre private Olderkesi Conservancy. Here, sunset views stretch to distant horizons of the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti plains. Cottar’s was one of the first permanent luxury tented camps to take guests out on safaris in Kenya, and little has changed since the glory days of the 1920s. It’s still a magnificent place to spot cheetah, lion, leopard, elephant, and the annual Migration in truly refined luxury.
The Bush Villa certainly steals the very best views, but you can also stay in one of 10 luxurious and private tents (one gorgeous honeymoon tent, five double tents, and four family suites), which are spacious and luxuriously furnished with large private verandahs which offer yet more viewing potential.
There are two communal tent areas for fine dining, drinking, reading, and soaking up your surroundings. You’ll also love the exciting recent addition of an amazing swimming pool and spa area, the perfect place to relax after an exciting game drive.
Asilia Jabali Ridge, Tanzania
Brand new for 2018, Asilia’s Jabali Ridge is set high on a rocky kopje overlooking the vast Ruaha National Park. The eight standalone bungalows are tucked among the boulders and have retractable walls and louvred shutters so you can enjoy your privacy but also open up to the sensational, unobstructed views of the surrounding savanna. As the sun sets, head to the infinity pool for more exceptional views.
Ivory Lodge Lion Sands, South Africa
The private luxury villas at Ivory Lodge Lion Sands are surrounded by untamed bushland teeming with game. As well as your gorgeous bedrooms and private pool, your lounge opens onto a huge terrace that offers astonishing views over the river.
Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
Designed almost entirely for the views, the situation of the 12 luxurious tents at Mahali Mzuri means you have a large viewing deck perfectly appointed for an exceptional front-row seat of the annual Great Wildebeest Migration. Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s East African ultra-exclusive property located in Kenya’s Maasai Mara ecosystem. Cool down in the beautiful 12-meter long infinity pool between game drives and then stargaze until late into the night at this gorgeous property.
Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge, Tanzania
From its cliffside position, Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge enjoys some of the best views in Africa. It is surrounded by 50 acres of virgin forest at the entrance to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the rim of the ancient volcanic Ngorongoro caldera. It looks out into the crater where the Big 5 roam. The elegant rooms have huge floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase those breath-taking views beautifully.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
The best views at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti are undoubtedly from those suites which overlook the water-hole. Your elevated, open-air sundeck boasts a direct panoramic view of the plains; enjoy a private audience with any lions or elephants that happen to be passing. Set within the Serengeti National Park, facilities include a spa and an outdoor pool, as well as 3 restaurants, 2 bars, and a wine cellar.
Cheetah Ridge, South Africa
Overlooking a private watering-hole, Cheetah Ridge is privy to wonderful views and intimate moments when the animals pay a visit. Located in the southern section of the Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, the lodge offers 10 luxury suites and a sumptuously-appointed family suite. The suites are free-standing, and from your personal viewing deck, you can freely observe a vast array of African wildlife congregating around the watering hole.
Technically not a lodge, for the ultimate in exclusivity and intimacy, stay at Arijiju, a beautiful private home on the 32,000-acre Borana Conservancy in Kenya. Despite lying low on the road, you can see clearly over vast distances, taking in river valleys, stretches of Savannah, and rolling foothills right up to the majestic Mount Kenya. Facilities include an elegant spa and hammam, a gym, and a clay tennis and squash court.
Linyanti Ebony And Linyanti Bush Camp, Botswana
An intimate camp in the remote wilderness of north-eastern Botswana, Linyanti Ebony And Linyanti Bush Camp offer sensational views of the annual buffalo and elephant migration. The two camps, which are situated just 5 minutes’ walk apart, have 10 luxury tents between them. The tents have their own decks with recliners which face out over the surrounding wetlands giving you front row seats to the action.
Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Mpumalanga
From it’s position on a rocky outcrop, the Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve affords amazing views over the bush and a busy waterhole. The award-winning camp is located in the renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park. Stay in one of 8 sophisticated, glass-fronted suites with private decks, plunge pools, and, of course, spectacular views over the African bush.
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