The 5 Best Luxury Safari Lodges in South Africa

When it comes to planning a dream trip like a safari honeymoon or a vacation in South Africa, you want to make sure you do your research and find the absolute best lodge home base for your big trip.  From the best views, to the most swoon-worthy private pools, stylish rooms, over-the-top service and unparalleled wildlife views, these are the BEST of the best, and 100 percent worth the splurge.

The Best Romantic Safari lodges in South Africa:

1. Royal Malewane

For a six-star ultra-luxurious safari lodge experience that is delectably luxe, and an ideal honeymoon safari lodge in South Africa, look no further than Royal Malewane, where YES, you can actually watch elephants from your very own pool, look no further than Royal Malewane. Royal Malewane is easily accessible by air and road and is located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve on the Western Border of The Greater Kruger National Park. The closest airport is Hoedspruit and there is a private landing strip at Royal Malewane, as well.

2. Lion Sands

Sitting on 10,000 private acres and on the banks of the Sabi River, Lion Sands is a popular romantic safari lodge in South Africa. It’s an award-winning lodge that was just rebuilt in 2016 with stunning views of the Sabie River in Kruger National Park. The rooms are huge and secluded with private fire places, viewing decks, and swoon-worthy pools.

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3.Tintswalo Private Safari Lodge

Sharing an unfenced boundary with the renowned Kruger National Park, Tintswalo Safari Lodge sits on the pristine Manyeleti Private Game Reserve, home to some of the best game viewing that South Africa has to offer.


4. Singita Kruger

Ranked the top safari lodge in Africa by Travel and Leisure this year, Singita Kruger has a unique edge over other Kruger camps, with two properties in one, each with a distinct audience, aesthetic, and environment. They are both sleek and modern, and give off a resortey vibe. The seven-suite Singita Sweni, the newer of the two properties at Singita Kruger, is tucked among the trees on a river, where you spot crocodiles and big cats coming to drink at the riverbank.

Higher up, Singita Lebombo is open and airy, with a sun-drenched parcel of land and 13 suites that feature decks with hanging beds to fall asleep under the stars. Both properties share access to Singita’s 33,000-acre private concession, a patch of Kruger where you’ll find yourself face-to-face with a tower of giraffes munching on acacias. Both properties have fantastic food options thanks to Singita’s own cooking school, a highly competitive program that trains promising local students for culinary careers at the company’s lodges and around the world.

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5. Londolozi Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, South Africa

The family-run Londolozi Game Reserve was a family farm and retreat since 1925, before being turned into one of the most luxurious safari resorts in Africa. It is located in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, situated on the western border of Kruger National Park, and was the first game reserve in the world to become a Relais & Chateaux hotel, and one of the very first ecotourism trailblazers, which I love. The 35,000-acre property features five luxe lodges, each offering yoga, massages, a gym, and more. It’s not uncommon to see elephants roaming while taking a dip in one of their plunge pools or laying out on a wooden deck at this luxurious boutique safari lodge. 

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