For the perfect safari stay in South Africa, it’s essential to stay in a great lodge that will cater for your every need to ensure the best experience whilst seeing the incredible wildlife and landscapes that this amazing country has to offer. With the right safari lodge, you’ll have expert rangers, trackers, and vehicles that can explore the bush to ensure you see as much wildlife as possible, with many in private game reserves near Kruger National Park. We’ve picked below a few of the very best safari lodges in South Africa.

Singita Sabi Sanda, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
This gorgeous lodge oozes elegance and luxurious comfort whilst offering the perfect place to watch Africa’s wildlife, from elephant to buffalo and antelope grazing nearby. It offers all the amenities guests could want – a bar area, boma, gym, health spa, library, and wine cellar – all whilst being stylishly decorated throughout. Guests can also sample excellent cuisine that incorporates authentic African flavours, and the food tastes even better when enjoyed on the incredible dining area to watch the wildlife for a truly unforgettable experience. Make sure you go on a guided game walk or drive through the wild African bush, or opt for a night game drive for a truly magical experience with a bit of a difference.

Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Private Reserve
The award winning Phinda Forest Lodge in KwaZulu Natal is a beautiful lodge that is in a reserve spread across 23,000 hectares of land and covers seven unique ecosystems. From the reserve, guests can view game with a unique opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five’, as well as incredible marine animals including dolphins and turtles. The luxury lodge are designed in Zulu style, and each suite has a viewing deck. Guests can enjoy excellent amenities including a swimming pool, panoramic views, game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles led by trained expert rangers and Zulu trackers, and plenty of adventures in the bush and on the beach.

Londolozi, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
The incredible Londolozi Private Game Reserve comprises 14,000 acres of exclusive safari space on the western border of Kruger National Park. With game viewing like no other, the lodge has five separate camps, each with its own unique style and décor, many with private plunge pools. Children are welcome to many of the camps, and guests can use the excellent amenities which include a swimming pool, viewing decks, dining, and a lounge area. There is also a hunting camp, a boutique, a fitness centre, a massage treatment room, and a library. The lodge offers some real stand out activities, including game drives in Land Rovers with expert guides and trackers, guided walks, bird watching, and cultural visits, which are all included in your stay. In your spare time, you could perhaps indulge in an activity – yoga, pilates, bush running, clay pigeon shooting, sleepouts, fishing, and a trip to the cinematography centre are all included in your stay to ensure a truly magical and unforgettable experience.