5 of South Africa’s best safari lodges

Posted on 30 October 2023 By Nomvelo Masango

South Africa is a destination with a long list of incredible travel experiences on offer. Of course, serene and scenic Safaris  are not excluded.

From private game drives to exquisite spa treatments and even all things luxurious right in the middle of the bush, a number of Safari lodges across the country  pull out all the stops to ensure an unforgettable and rejuvenating Safari experience.

Here are five of the best Safari lodges across South Africa:

Thanda Safari

Thanda Safari offers a truly South African wildlife experience matched with environmental conservation and a commitment to the Zulu culture. The award-winning luxury game reserve is located in the beautiful province of KwaZulu Natal and allows one to fully immerse themselves in a blissful love affair with nature.

The lodge is intimate and consists of 9 bush suites. When staying at Thanda, one is able to view inhabitants of the wild up-close, including the Big 5. For relaxation and pampering, a spa is available and offers a range of treatments that combine Western traditions with Zulu holistic practices.

Lion Sands River Lodge

Imagine a home away from home in the bush…that is the kind of experience which Lion Sands River Lodge has on offer. Located on the banks of the Sabie River, the lodge boasts stunning views, as well as the beautiful amalgamation of comfort, nature and luxury. It is also not too far from the Kruger National Park so your eyes are in for a feast when it comes to majestic wildlife.


Lion Sands River Lodge consists of 18 rooms in total. They all come with their own private wooden viewing deck where one can blissfully sip on their favourite  drink while enjoying stunning sights of the Sabie River and its surrounds.



African Hills Safari Lodge

African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa is situated on the 6800 hectare Plumari Private Game Reserve in Magaliesburg and provides a life-changing bushveld experience.


It is only an hour away from busy Johannesburg and bush lovers are spoilt to nature’s tranquility, as well as the opportunity to unwind and recharge.


A number of activities are available including mountain hikes, game drives and even historical tours.

After a long day in the bush, one can relax and rejuvenate at the African Hills Spa which has a selection of indulgent spa spoils on offer.


Londolozi Private Granite Suites

Londolozi provides an exclusive African Safari experience in the heart of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. With space for only 6 guests, the place creates an unforgettable and intimate experience in the wild. It is also an ideal destination for romantic getaways and honeymoons.


When at Londolozi Private Granite Suites, there are several opportunities for Big 5 game viewings which are facilitated by experienced rangers and trackers.

Bird watching is also excellent in the area, as is some star-gazing after a scrumptious dinner.


Aquila Safari

Located only two hours away from Cape Town in Touws River, Aquila Safari is known and loved for its luxurious African hospitality.

When staying at the Big 5 Safari & Spa, one can enjoy early morning, afternoon or sunset game viewing. There’s also the option to choose between a traditional safari, quad bike safari or even a horseback safari.


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