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7 most luxurious safari lodges in South Africa


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South Africa is endowed with a variety of wildlife which places it among the best safari countries in Africa. Coupled with great safari lodges, South Africa is the place to be for Safari enthusiasts. 

We have listed for you top luxurious safari lodges in South Africa to make you search easier.

Boulders Sabi Sand 

Set along the boulder-strewn banks of the Sand River, Boulders Luxury Lodge seamlessly blends the beautiful light, colours and textures of its surrounds into vast interiors that spill onto expansive wooden decks. Simplifying the essence of comfort, it welcomes complete unwinding.

Designed to embody the soothing shapes of ancient boulders scattered along the riverbank and completely immersed in the wild, Boulders Sabi Sand allows you to find yourself in nature.

Boulders accords visitors the opportunity to see leopards in their natural habitat.

 Ivory Lodge – Lion Sands Game Reserve

Ivory Lodge is one of the best luxurious safari lodges in South Africa. The lodge is situated on the banks of the Sabi River.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is probably also the lodge with the most unique design. The lodge is a little different compared to most other safari lodges in the Sabi Sands.

Ivory and black colours lead the design frenzy, resulting in just eight one-bedroom villas and one two-bedroom ‘Fish Eagle’ villa with a feeling of zen.

With a design inspired by Mother Nature, natural materials that complement the surrounding bush and an open design that draws your attention outside, Ivory Lodge will inspire that deep connection you’ve been longing for.


Dulini offers a sanctuary of restoration, romance and adventure, carefully curated for solo-adventurers, exclusive parties celebrating life’s special occasions together and romancing honeymooners alike.

Home to three magnificent wilderness sanctuaries – Dulini Moya, Dulini Leadwood and Dulini River. Combining luxury, classic elegance, fine-dining, and an unforgettable wilderness experience, complemented by the Dulini Spirit.

Marataba Mountain Lodge

With mountain views, Marataba Mountain Lodge is situated in Kransberg and has a restaurant, a kids’ club, bar, garden, outdoor pool and terrace. The lodge features both WiFi and private parking free of charge.

Fitted with a balcony, the units offer air conditioning and feature a TV and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. A fridge and minibar are also available, as well as a coffee machine.

Ben Alberts Nature Reserve is 40 km from Marataba Mountain Lodge, while Thabazimbi Golf Course is 41 km from the property.

Royal Malewane Lodge

At Royal Malewane Lodge you will experience the wild heart of the African bush in comfort, style and seclusion with a perfect stay. Royal Malewane features three exclusive-use private bush villas (Africa House, The Farmhouse and Waterside House).

The most qualified guiding team in Africa delivers an unrivalled wildlife experience with conservation at the centre.

Camp Jabulani

Another great safari lodge in South Africa is the Camp Jabulani. It is a luxury Relais & Chateaux luxury lodge offering an extraordinary African experience for the discerning traveller.

Located within a Big Five private game reserve in the Greater Kruger Park area, Jabulani, with its six superior suites and the exclusive Zindoga Villa, offers a unique opportunity for gracious living in a five-star luxury lodge.

Each spacious and elegant suite is luxuriously furnished and features both a private deck and a plunge pool. Children are welcome at Jabulani from the age of six and at Zindoga Villa at any age.

Simbavati Hilltop Lodge

Offering an outdoor pool and a restaurant, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge is located in Timbavati Game Reserve which is part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge.

The accommodation will provide you with air conditioning and a minibar. Featuring a hairdryer, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries.

At Simbavati Hilltop Lodge you will find an airport shuttle. Other facilities offered at the property include laundry facilities. The property offers free parking.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip according to

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