There are few things in life more special and amazing than to visit an African Safari lodge where the animals roam free. Experience sharing breakfast with friendly and affectionate Rothschild Giraffes at the incredibly beautiful Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. Watch migrating elephants walk through the reception area of the Mfuwe Lodge annually to get to their favorite mango trees in an inside patio. Experience life inside a fabulous tent in the Elephant Bedroom Camp in Kenya. African Safari Lodges combine the rustic with the exquisite, and will provide visitors with unparalleled memories for years to come, as well as a fervent wish to return to Paradise.
Safari Lodges in Africa where Animals can Wander Through
Giraffe Manor is a luxurious, personally hosted small hotel (10 bedrooms) that resembles a Scottish hunting lodge. Set in Nairobi, Kenya, among 140 acres of indigenous forest, Giraffe Manor is home at any one time to a dozen affectionate, endangered Rothschild giraffes. Since 1984, giraffes and humans have co-existed peacefully in a fairy-tale like atmosphere, where children, adults, and giraffes can share breakfast, a hug, or a kiss, far away from the outside world. There are also several resident warthogs, who, while not exactly the kissable type, do add a certain flair to the surroundings! Guests may choose one of ten bedroom suites furnished with four-poster beds and antique furnishings (complete with bath). A breakfast in the sunroom will include friendly giraffes who stick their heads through the wide open windows to share a bit of food, companionship, and a nuzzle or two. The Giraffe Centre, administered by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, shares part of the acreage. They have successfully bred a number of Rothschild Giraffes who are then re-introduced into Kenya’s national parks.
The elephant experience offered by the Royal Malewane is unique among other safari experiences. This colonial-style lodge is located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve of the Greater Kruger National Park of South Africa. There are two royal suites, six luxurious one-bedroom suites, and the Africa House, a private bush villa containing six bedrooms. These suites are air conditioned, and also feature antique furniture, a four-postered bed, flat screen TVs and a huge bathroom with a free standing tub, plus outdoor and indoor showers. These private hideaways include butler, chef, dining and lounge facilities, a private game vehicle, and even a masseur. Game drives leave at dusk and dawn, and are individually planned according to the wishes of the guests. The Reserve is thickly populated by elephants, buffalos, rhinos, giraffes, impalas, wildebeests, lions and zebras. Safari walks with expert guides allow visitors to safely experience bird and insect life, eco-systems, and the vegetation in a unique manner. Guests can also opt to experience horseback safaris, helicopter tours, hot air ballooning, and a golf excursion to the Hans Meretsky Golf Estate.
A stay at the Mfuwe Lodge, located in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Guests stay in one of the lodge’s 18 open-plan thatched roof chalets. The lodge has a large timbered deck that juts out over one of two large lagoons. From here, they can see hippopotamus, giraffes, buffalos, crocodiles, and many species of antelopes. Or they can watch wildlife while swimming in the magnificent pool. Game drives and walking safaris are plentiful. One of the most amazing experiences provided by this Lodge is the annual elephant migration that passes directly through the lodge reception area during late October and early November. Wild elephants (who are surprisingly placid) cut through the building to get to some special mango trees located in an interior patio. These trees have ripe fruit for about 6 weeks, and the elephants will return every other day to eat the newly ripened delicacies. Although the elephants are wild, they pay no attention to the hotel guests on their visits. In fact, they are so relaxed that sometimes they go to sleep on the patio!
Sanctuary Makanyane Luxury Safari Lodge
Sanctuary Makanyane is located in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa, on 1800 hectares of malaria-free private grounds where guests will experience a never to be forgotten luxurious safari experience. The Lodge offers six sumptuous and secluded fully air-conditioned suites. Two game drives, one in the early morning and another in late afternoon, coincide with the times of day when the animals are busiest. Visitors can expect to see elephants, lions, white and black rhinos, leopards and buffalos, as well as giraffes, brown and spotted hyenas, and cheetahs. Madike is renowned for being one of the finest places in Southern Africa to see the rare and elusive wild dog, a captivating species sadly on the verge of extinction. Game walks with highly experienced guides will lead along paths following the animals’ footsteps. Walking also allows the guest to experience subtler nuances – the smells, textures, and sounds of the area can be fully appreciated. In the evening, a visitor can be pampered by a highly trained beauty and health therapist. Aromatherapy, massage, facials, manicures, and hot stone treatments are available.
Elephant Bedroom Camp
The Elephant Bedroom Camp, located on the banks of the beautiful Ewaso Ngiro river which flows through the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya, offers guests luxurious accommodation and breathtaking beauty combined. The camp features 12 roomy tents, each of which features hot and cold running water, electricity, and a beautiful deck complete with a private plunge pool. Visitors can see elephants, monkeys, and impalas close-up, either from their deck, or while sipping a cocktail, comfortably ensconced on the game viewing deck which overlooks the waterhole. There are a variety of activities to choose from. Guests can take a guided bush nature walk, or go for a 4-wheel-drive safari drive in an open-sided vehicle, where they will see elephants, lions, leopards, and many other animals on their trip. In the evening, they can dine in the exotic dining and lounge tent, and be entertained by local Samburu warriors or hear a lecture about Samburu culture by a resident naturalist.
Mana Pools Safari Lodge
Mana Pools Safari Lodge, located in northern Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River, is an enchanting resort set among African mangoes and riverine fig trees. Guests say in one of 12 thatched chalets overlooking the Zambezi and its sweeping flood plains, and enjoy unparalleled photo opportunities and game viewing. From the comfort of their eco-friendly chalet (solar powered) equipped with two showers and hot water night and day, guests will experience daily visits to the river by elephants, kudus, buffalos, lions, and painted dogs. The lodge is exquisitely built around many ancient wild trees, and a fabulous African Mango grows majestically in the center of the main lounge / dining / reception area. There are guided walks and game drives available in 4 wheel drive vehicles, and visitors will see crocodiles, hippos, buffalos and elephants, as well as hyenas, zebras, giraffes, waterbucks, impalas and elands (type of antelope).
Etali Safari Lodge
The Etali Safari Lodge, located in the Madikwe Game Reserve, offers their guests a life-changing experience – the opportunity to explore 750 square acres of a diverse habitat that is home to over 60 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds. The lodge features eight luxury suites. Each suite is free-standing and comes with a private game viewing deck, en-suite bathroom, splash pool plus outdoor shower. In addition wi-fi, a fireplace, and air conditioning are available. Several of the suites enjoy a direct view of the Lodge’s own private waterhole. Fine dining, a complete spa, and children’s activities also are offered. Three-hour game drives are conducted around dawn and dusk, and are led by a professional game tracker and a field guide. There are also exciting game walks available.
Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge
The Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge is located in Tsavo, Kenya, and is famous for its vibrancy, warmth, and legendary hospitality. The Lodge overlooks the vast Tsavo plains and a waterhole. Guests can choose from 96 unique rooms, all built across two levels, with hot and cold running water, and on stilts! Guests can experience morning and afternoon game drives, or use the underground bunker and tunnel that have ground level windows, to take unbelievably close photos of the animals while they’re drinking water. Visitors can see striped and spotted hyenas, jackals, mongoose, civets, genets, bush babies and porcupines.