by Matthew McGregor on June 19, 2017
4 min read

Lying in the north of South Africa on the border with Mozambique and Zimbabwe, the Kruger is one of the world’s greatest national parks. It’s mammoth scale, abundant wildlife and easy accessibility are some of the reasons why the Kruger National Park is considered to be one of the best there is. But it was the emergence of world-class luxury lodges, starting in the 1960’s, that catapulted the reserve into a new era.

Here, starlit boma dinners, expert rangers, fine-dining and private plunge pools are the norm. So, which ones are the best of these celebrated lodges?

Luckily for you, we decided to have a look at the five best lodges that would be the perfect fit for your safari needs.

1. Londolozi

Leopards spotted on safari

Two leopards being watched
Image credit: Londolozi

The outdoor bath and plunge pool

The perfect place to relax at Londolozi

Londolozi is one of South Africa’s original private game reserves as well as one of the pillars of ecotourism in Africa. It is a proudly family-run business that offers outstanding cuisine, breathtaking game drives, an abundance of activities, and has the reputation of giving guests a “Londolozi feeling”. What more could you ask for?

It is situated on the Sand River in the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, is home to five lodges and is a predator’s paradise. Londolozi is most famously known for the relationships between leopards and trackers, giving guests the best chance of observing these phenomenal creatures.

2. Chitwa Chitwa

Giraffes walking together by a waterhole

Watch wildlife from the comfort of the lodge

One of the suites at Chitwa Chitwa

The spirit of Africa is highlighted in the suites of Chitwa Chitwa
Image credit: Chitwa Chitwa

From the bold Afro-European design and mouthwatering blend of local and Mediterranean cuisine to the bar and lounge that overlooks the most tranquil of waterholes, Chitwa Chitwa is just pure sensory satisfaction. The lodge is found in the Northern Sabi Sabi region and boasts six individually decorated luxury suites with their own private decks and plunge pools that overlook the waterhole, allowing guests the opportunity to view animals from the comfort of their own room.

3. Lion Sands

Rhino and calf at Kruger National Park

You can be lucky to view rhinos from your lodge

A river treehouse at Lion Sands

Fancy a treehouse?
Image credit: Lion Sands

From its intimate knowledge and understanding of the African wilderness to the exclusivity of some of its lodges and the commonness of others, Lion Sands most certainly ensures guests an exceptional safari experience. It is another family-run establishment and is home to four lodges: Two of them being situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and the other two being situated directly across the river inside the Kruger National Park itself. Lion Sands is perhaps best known for its luxury treehouses, which are some of the most striking star-beds in the world.

4. Singita South Africa

The outdoor pool with a view

Cool-ff and enjoy the view at Singita

Singita's outdoor pool for leisure

Catch some down time here
Image credit: Singita

Singita South Africa is known as the crème de la crème of safari in Africa and is located within the Kruger borders. It is home to four luxurious lodges that offer rare beauty and a large concentration of game. With its mix of excellent wildlife viewing, top-draw food, design and service, they have most definitely set the benchmark for a deluxe safari holiday.

5. Royal Malewane

Buffulo herd viewed from the 4x4

Guests on a game drive viewing a herd of buffalo

Boma dinner at sunset wwith candles lit

Enjoy al fresco bush dinners
Image credit: Royal Malewane

From its rich antiques and Persian carpets to some of the most experienced trackers and guides, the joys of a bygone era awaits you at the Royal Malewane Lodge. It offers an exclusive experience as it is home to eight suites and the decadent Africa House Villa. Situated in the Thorny Bush Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, this is a destination that should not be passed up on.

Now that you know where to book, don’t waste your time. Head over to our website and contact us about the safari holiday that you have always dreamed of.