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Top Places to Stay in Africa in 2024

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January 9, 2024

Planning an unforgettable safari to Africa in 2024? If so, you're in for a treat. Our continent is full of diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and unique wildlife experiences. Whether you're looking for a luxury safari or a more off-the-beaten-track adventure, Africa has something for everyone. But where should you stay on your trip? Well, that's where we come in! Here are the top places to stay in Africa in 2024, handpicked by our enthusiastic Travel Experts…

Onguma The Fort is an incredibly unique lodge and the only one of its kind in Namibia

Discover the top places to stay in Africa in 2024, Image Credit: Onguma The Fort

1. Singita Mara River Tented Camp, Tanzania

The gorgeous Lamai Triangle of the northern Serengeti, Tanzania, is home to Singita Mara Tented Camp and is what luxury safari dreams are made of! It's one of our favourite places to stay in Africa to witness the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest brave the crocodile-infested waters in their tireless Great Migration journey across the Mara River. 

And as a base from which to experience this, Singita Mara is truly a sight to behold. It features whimsical, bohemian vibes and flowing white canvas subtly combined with a colourful palette inspired by the local Maasai tribe.

Luxury tents with a dreamy, bohemian quality thanks to canvas drapes

Luxury tents with a dreamy, bohemian quality, Image Credit: Singita

Who’s it for?

This camp is the perfect spot for catching the Great Migration's annual Mara River crossing. But even when the wildebeest aren't making their grand trek, the game viewing is still top-notch, making it a great option for safari enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and nature lovers of all stripes. 

Plus, with its remote and luxurious eco-friendly setup, couples, solo adventurers, and families with older kids will enjoy staying here.

Highlights

  • You can expect elegant luxury in the pristine wilderness of northwestern Serengeti National Park
  • It's very remote and exclusive as it's the only permanent camp in the Lamai Triangle
  • A tented eco-camp offering a more intimate exchange between yourself and nature
  • The Mara River is one of the best places to experience Great Migration river crossings
  • It's still a great year-round safari destination, even when the wildebeest are not passing through
Views of the Mara River make it rank among the best places to stay in Africa in 2024

Views of the Mara River make it rank among the best places to stay in Africa in 2024, Image Credit: Singita

2. The Silo Hotel, South Africa

Towering above the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, The Silo Hotel makes you feel like you're soaring above the city, offering splendid views of Cape Town – the shining star on South Africa's travel tiara. Guests can spend the night in a piece of history at this hotel, located in the grain silo complex set above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. 

This must-see attraction rivals the likes of the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art. And, given its location, it's no surprise that The Silo not only pays tribute to African arts and culture but is a work of art in its own right.

The Delux Suite at the Silo Hotel has panoramic views of Lions Head, Table Mountain and Signal Hill

The best Table Mountain views right from your bed, Image Credit: The Silo Hotel

Who’s it for?

The Silo Hotel is a visually striking building with a unique design, which would appeal to those who appreciate aesthetics and contemporary art. In addition, the hotel offers a range of packages and amenities fit for romantics, such as a spa and couples' massage room.

Highlights

  • The hotel is exceptionally designed by the London-based architect Thomas Heatherwick
  • Located on top of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), with easy access to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront 
  • It features high-end amenities, including a rooftop bar, infinity pool and a range of luxurious suites
  • A visually aesthetic building with a unique style complemented by artistic décor
  • Enjoy a range of dining options, including a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the city
Woman swimming in the rooftop pool at The Silo

Jaw-droppingly beautiful rooftop views has made The Silo one of the top places to stay in Africa in 2023, Image Credit: The Silo

3. Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

Nestled in the rolling hills of a dormant volcano in Rwanda, just a hop, skip, and jump from Volcanoes National Park, Bisate Lodge is the ultimate destination for your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla and monkey encounters. 

This alluring lodge combines modern luxury with beautiful design elements reflecting local traditions. It's a place where you can truly relax and rejuvenate while also learning about Rwanda's unique history and culture.

Forest villas enjoy stunning views of three ancient volcanoes

Forest villas enjoy stunning views of three ancient volcanoes, Image Credit: Wilderness Safari

Who’s it for?

Bisate Lodge is ideal for travellers interested in nature, wildlife, and cultural experiences and looking for a luxurious and comfortable base from which to go gorilla trekking. It's also well-suited for travellers who appreciate eco-tourism and are looking for a sustainable and responsible travel option.

Highlights

  • A unique location in a natural amphitheatre formed by a long-dormant volcano
  • Its design pays homage to Rwandan traditions and culture
  • Situated close to Volcanoes National Park, making it an ideal base for gorilla trekking
  • Offering an exclusive experience with only six villas, each with striking views of three ancient volcanoes
  • You can visit Dian Fossey's grave and research centre and go on cultural excursions
Be immersed in the Rwandan jungle while experiencing the height of luxury

Be immersed in the Rwandan jungle while experiencing the height of luxury, Image Credit: Wilderness Safari

4. Saseka Tented Camp, South Africa

Cradled in the warm embrace of a bend of the Monwana River, Saseka Tented Camp is one of the most sought-after luxury safari destinations in the Greater Kruger National Park region. With the word "Saseka" meaning "beautiful" in the local Tsonga language, it's no surprise that every aspect of this camp exudes beauty. 

Designed by the legendary Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, this camp perfectly blends vintage South African safari style with modern 21st-century design. 

Saseka luxury suite

Setting the bar high for luxury safari lodges in South Africa, Image Credit: Saseka Tented Lodge

Who’s it for?

Saseka Tented Camp has tons of universal appeal in an incredible setting, promising top-notch service and a first-class safari experience. It's also a great choice for a splurge-worthy honeymoon!

If you're celebrating a special occasion, this camp will give it the attention it deserves. And the exclusive villa is perfect for a luxury multigenerational family vacation looking for a place of their own.

Highlights

  • It's a stunning location on a bend with a breathtaking view of the Monwana River
  • Rooms are flooded with light with a dramatic use of textures, colours, contrasts and detail
  • This unique space masterfully incorporates vintage and contemporary styles
  • The camp features private plunge pools, personal guides, trackers and butlers
  • You can enjoy first-class Big 5 game viewing in a private extension of the Kruger National Park
Beautiful breezy main area

Luxurious interiors maximise a completely immersive experience in the surrounding wilderness, Image Credit: Saseka Tented Camp

5. Chiawa Camp, Zambia

The lush banks of the Zambezi River and friendly local wildlife set the scene perfectly at Chiawa Camp, a top-notch spot to stay in Zambia. A family-run camp by the Cummings clan since 1989, it has won numerous awards that prove what an outstanding experience you can expect during your stay.

They offer many activities for visitors, including game drives, bush walks, canoeing, fishing, river safaris, and stargazing! With a team of super-knowledgeable guides, these activities are not only educational but tons of fun, too.

A place where you're invited to enjoy Zambia's splendour

A place where you're invited to enjoy Zambia's splendour, Image Credit: Chiawa Camp

Who’s it for?

The Lower Zambezi National Park, in general, is an excellent destination for seasoned safari-goers – and Chiawa Camp provides the most impeccable base from which to explore this remarkable, wildlife-rich wilderness. If you've already been everywhere else on safari, make sure Chiawa is next on your list! 

Highlights

  • The camp is set in a beautiful region on the banks of the Zambezi River, under a grove of evergreen trees
  • It holds the prime position in the heart of Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park
  • The stunning thatched upstairs viewing deck provides one of the best views of the river
  • You can cool off in the gorgeous swimming pool with timber sun deck overlooking the Zambezi
  • The safari experiences are unique, more remote, more exclusive, and experiential in nature
Elephant at the camp viewing deck

The best kind of visitor in Africa, Image Credit: Chiawa Camp

6. Morukuru Beach Lodge, South Africa

Gazing across the sandy dunes of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, Morukuru Beach Lodge presents you with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. 

As it's found at the end of the famous Whale Route, this lodge also offers some of the best shore-based whale-watching opportunities in the world – you can even catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures from your bedroom, the restaurant, or the bar! Enjoy a game drive, take a low-tide walk, go mountain biking, watch whales from land, or try your hand at sandboarding during your stay.

Ocean view from the fire pit area

An off-grid idyll for couples or small families seeking a pristine, private beach house, Image Credit: Morukuru Beach Lodge

Who’s it for?

Are you in need of some quality time with your nearest and dearest? Morukuru Beach Lodge has got you covered with a variety of suites for couples, families, and honeymooners. And if you're a whale enthusiast who wants to spot some of these majestic creatures without the crowds, De Hoop Nature Reserve is the place for you.

Highlights

  • Found above the sun-bleached dunes of the De Hoop Nature Reserve
  • The lodge boasts unspoilt views of the Indian Ocean coastline right at the end of the Whale Route
  • It affords some of the best shore-based whale-watching in the world
  • Enjoy an array of activities, including game drives, mountain biking and sandboarding
  • Chic, serene suites and spaces complementing the surrounding landscape
Ocean view from suite

Beautiful fynbos vegetation and pristine white dune setting, Image Credit: Morukuru Beach Lodge

7. Simbavati Cederberg Ridge, South Africa

A fancy wilderness lodge that's all about tasty eats, hospitable vibes, and exciting adventures, Simbavati Cederberg Ridge treats you to breathtaking views of the Cederberg Mountains' rugged natural splendour, and there's no shortage of activities to keep you busy! 

You can look forward to guided walks, mountain biking, rock art excursions, rooibos farm tours, sunset boat cruises and more. Plus, the lodge boasts a chic African farmhouse atmosphere, with inviting décor featuring high ceilings, wooden beams, and natural textures that give the space a bright and airy feel. Read more about our experience at this lodge here.

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge is tucked away in the Cederberg Mountains, providing the perfect place to unwind

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge is tucked away in the mountains, providing the perfect place to unwind, Image Credit: Simbavati

Who’s it for?

Simbavati Cederberg Ridge boasts luxurious lodgings and is perfect for groups of friends or family who want to stay connected (with each other and Mother Nature). Plus, it's an excellent choice for the young at heart, who love the great outdoors and don't mind a bit of activity. And, bonus, it's a fantastic place to unplug from technology and truly relax!

Highlights

  • Experience luxury in nature, complete with delicious food, warm hospitality, and adventure
  • Soak in the panoramic views over the rugged natural beauty of the Cederberg Mountains
  • It offers an authentic ambience in the modern African farmhouse
  • There's a generous covered stoep and dining deck overlooking the garden and mountains beyond
  • The lodge has an onsite restaurant, large swimming pool and indigenous gardens flowing into the veld

Panoramic views over the rugged natural beauty of the Cederberg Mountains, Image Credit: Simbavati

8. Somalisa Camp, Zimbabwe

You'll find the enchanting Somalisa Camp in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Built under the shade of an acacia grove, this intimate bush camp provides a traditional, authentically African safari experience. 

Relax in silence on your private viewing deck or lounge next to the pool overlooking the waterhole attracting wildlife, and you might even be lucky enough to see elephants gracefully strolling through the camp. At night, reminisce of the day's exciting tales at dinner with lanterns and starlight.

Somalisa Camp is a multi-award winning camp located in Hwange National Park

Somalisa Camp is a multi-award winning camp located in Hwange National Park, Image Credit: African Bush Camps

Who’s it for?

Somalisa Camp is perfect for the traditional safari-goer looking for an authentic African experience. From the copper bath overlooking the grasslands frequented by elephant visitors to al fresco dinners with candlelight, it's the ideal place to spend quality time with family and friends.

Highlights

  • The camp's eco-friendly approach includes a full solar power farm and water purity system, recycling 80% of the water used
  • Somalisa Camp is the first in Zimbabwe to receive GOLD Green Tourism Certification
  • Activities such as walking safaris, game drives, birding, and cultural visits led by passionate guides offer a comprehensive exploration of Hwange National Park
  • Exciting wildlife sightings include elephant, wildebeest, lion, leopard, giraffe, hyena, zebra, and many more
  • It was voted Zimbabwe's Leading Tested Safari Camp three times in a row (2019, 2020, and 2021)
Watch herds of elephants pass by as you sit on the deck at Somalisa Camp

Watch herds of elephants pass by as you sit relaxing on the deck at Somalisa Camp, Image Credit: Janine Gous

9. La Residence, South Africa

La Residence is the pinnacle of excellence and luxury in the Cape Winelands. Tucked away between mountains and vineyards, the secluded retreat is the perfect escape to explore Franschhoek at your own pace.

Stroll through the historic town, hike in the mountains, relax next to the pool, play a round of golf, and explore the unique terroir of the surrounding wine farms.

The Grand Hall at La Residence

Your not-so-humble abode, Image Credit: La Residence

Who’s it for?

The Vineyards Suites offer privacy and exclusivity, making it an excellent place for family getaways. The family-friendly suites are spacious, equipped with modern amenities and uniquely designed.

Highlights

  • Each family-friendly suite offers plenty of privacy and exclusivity
  • It’s ideal for a family holiday in the Cape Winelands or an add-on to your Cape Town itinerary
  • Add a touch of indulgence to your stay at the on-site La Residence Spa
  • Butlers and private chefs are at your beck and call in the communal Terrace Room
  • Each room offers picturesque views of vineyards and mountains
The Armani Suite Bathroom overlooks the beautiful dam and has wonderful views of the distant mountains.

With views like this, you can't help but feel perfectly relaxed! Image Credit: The Royal Portfolio

10. Onguma The Fort, Namibia

Strategically positioned on the eastern edge of Etosha National Park, the unique Onguma The Fort is one of five lodges on the private Onguma Game Reserve, stretching over 35,000 ha of wilderness. The African-Moroccan fort overlooks a waterhole, providing guests a prime vantage point to spot over 30 species of wildlife and over 300 bird species. 

The various suite types are all centred around privacy and comfort, each positioned with extraordinary views. Spend your days on game drives, marvel at the breathtaking sunsets, go on interactive bush walks, and spoil yourself with a massage. 

Swimmingpool in Onguma The Fort

Onguma The Fort is an incredibly unique lodge and the only one of its kind in Namibia, Image Credit: Onguma

Who’s it for?

Onguma The Fort is perfect for honeymooners and families with children aged seven years and older looking for a unique African adventure in the heart of Namibia.

Highlights

  • It's the perfect location from which to explore the expansive Etosha National Park
  • There are elevated view areas offering a beautiful perspective of roaming wildlife
  • The 11 Bush Suites are situated 50 meters apart for an ultra-exclusive stay
  • For lovebirds, the Honeymoon Suite has indoor and outdoor showers, in addition to an outdoor bath
  • The Sultan Suite is spacious and perfect for families, having a lounge area, a private viewing deck, a large open shower area, and a bath
Private viewing deck overlooking a waterhole

Onguma The Fort has some of the best views of the sunset over the Etosha pan, Image Credit: Onguma

11. Jao Camp, Botswana

If it's exclusivity you're after, this takes it to a whole new level. Imagine a remote island in a private reserve deep within the Okavango Delta, where guests are treated to a safari experience like no other. Jao Camp is surrounded by lush riverine forests and expansive floodplains, ensuring year-round wildlife activity to explore on game drives, mokoro rides, and starry-night sleepouts on an elevated hide. 

A canopy of trees shades each of the nine luxurious tents and features unique finishes, making Jao Camp a true sculptural masterpiece. When not out exploring the wilderness, guests can opt for culinary journeys, relaxing spa treatments, or taking a nap under the bird's nest-styled pool gazebo.

Jao Camp is a quintessential Delta camp where land and water come together

Jao Camp is a quintessential Delta camp where land and water come together, Image Credit: Wilderness

Who’s it for?

The two villas have private plunge pools, dedicated butlers, chefs, guides, and vehicles, making it ideal for a private safari with the family. Couples looking for a unique breakaway will enjoy the spacious safari suites, each providing optimal privacy.

Highlights

  • The unique and award-winning architecture adds to a one-of-a-kind safari experience
  • It features carefully selected colours, textures, furniture, and finishes, creating a comfy yet luxurious atmosphere
  • You can spot lions on your game drive, zebra on your walking safari, and elephants on your mokoro safari
  • Opt to sleep under the stars at a nearby raised hide
  • With only nine tents, guests can expect personalised service, privacy, and luxury
Pool deck

Luxury in the middle of the wilderness, Image Credit: Wilderness Jao Camp

12. Grootbos Garden Lodge, South Africa

In Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, tucked between mountains, forest, and sea on South Africa's Garden Route, Grootbos Garden Lodge offers 11 freestanding luxurious suites.

The floor-to-ceiling windows accentuate the expansive views, while the pool provides panoramic views of the fynbos landscape and magnificent coastline. 

Grootbos Garden Lodge views

The floor-to-ceiling windows accentuate the expansive views, Image Credit: Grootbos Garden Lodge

Who’s it for

It's ideal for families with children, multigenerational travellers or groups of friends wanting to disconnect from the chaos of the world to reconnect with nature and each other.

Highlights

  • You can spot various antelope species, the beautiful Cape sugarbird, Cape leopard, and many more
  • Activities include wine tastings, bird watching, horseback riding, scenic flights, botanical 4x4 tours, and whale-watching, among others
  • The Garden Lodge was designed with families in mind, providing a space that's both a peaceful retreat and where families can enjoy shared experiences
  • There are three dedicated spa treatment rooms and sauna
  • For little ones, there are tailored kids' programmes to ensure they have the time of their lives
Garden Lodge's pool offers panoramic views of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and the fynbos covered landscape

The pool offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and fynbos-covered landscape, Image Credit: Grootbos Garden Lodge

Top Places to Stay in Africa 2023

So, are you ready for your trip to Africa in 2023? You're in for a wild ride (pun intended)! This continent is full of diverse experiences and destinations that will leave you feeling like you've escaped the mundane. So, what are you waiting for? Our team of Travel Experts will guide you along the way.

Featured Image Credit: African Bush Camps, Somalisa Camp

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Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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