How To Choose A Luxury Safari Lodge For Your Bush Holiday

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How To Choose A Luxury Safari Lodge For Your Bush Holiday

You’ve decided you want to book a holiday at a luxury safari lodge, you’ve browsed our website for the best safari deals in South Africa and now you can’t decide which one to choose! Choosing which safari lodge to book your bush holiday at comes down to a few different factors including budget, the kind of experience you’re looking for and the size of the group you’ll be travelling with. 

To make your decision a little easier, we’ll give you a run down on the best safari lodges in South Africa for every type of traveller! 

Best Affordable Luxury Safari Lodge in South Africa 

There are a couple of great options for travellers who would love to experience a South African safari but need to stick to budget-friendly safari lodges. 

1. Hoyo Hoyo Safari Lodge at Mluwati

Stay in one of six enchanting thatch suites, offering stunning bush views and luxurious comfort. With a limited number of guests being accommodated at the 4-star safari lodge, you’ll enjoy a peaceful, quiet stay and uncrowded game viewing experiences, giving you the opportunity for some incredible Big 5 sightings.

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2. Kuname Lodge at Karongwe

Soak up the serenity of the South African bush in this intimate 5-star luxury safari lodge. Enjoy 2 daily game drives in completely open 4×4 vehicles, giving you unobstructed views of the Big 5. The lodge itself is modern and elegant, offering guests great value for money.

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Best Luxury Family Safari in South Africa

A family safari holiday is a wonderful experience to share with your kids and a memory they’ll never forget! There are some luxury safari lodges that are geared more towards kids than others, but these are our favourites! 

1. Thornybush Game Lodge

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Thornybush Game Lodge offers families a wonderful place to enjoy a safari holiday. From game drives to guided bush walks and a dedicated kids activity program, it will be a holiday your kids won’t soon forget! There are also child minding services if mom and dad want to sneak away for a pampering at the spa or a romantic dinner for 2.

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2. Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge is the perfect place to introduce your kids to the magic of the African bush all while enjoying a luxury safari experience. The lodge has a dedicated kiddies menu and even offers special game drives just for kids! Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge also runs an interactive kids program with fun and inspiring games, crafts and activities to keep them entertained.

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Best Luxury Safari Lodge To See The Big 5

1. Londolozi Founders Camp

Londolozi Founders Camp has established itself as one of the world’s best and most luxurious safari lodges. The camp offers one of the best luxury safaris in South Africa with top-class game drives including white rhino and lion sightings aplenty. Londolozi has two of only 17 Master Trackers in the whole country which is why you’ll enjoy some of the most incredible game drives any luxury safari lodge has to offer.

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2. Kapama River Lodge

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Perfect for groups or younger couples, this vibey luxury safari lodge gives young travellers  an exceptional Big 5 South African safari experience. Photography enthusiasts can attend workshops with wildlife photographers to capture Big 5 sightings perfectly on game drives.

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Best Lodge for South African Safari Honeymoon

1. Singita Lembobo Lodge

Singita lembobo luxury safari lodge

Singita Lembobo Lodge in Kruger Park offers the ultimate luxury safari experience, an absolute treat for honeymooners looking for a 5-star luxury safari honeymoon. From the world-class suites to the incredible food, views and game viewing, Singita makes for a honeymoon both of you will never forget.

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2. Thanda Tented Camp

The Jabula Tent at Thanda Tented Camp in KZN is a luxury tented suite geared towards honeymooners. It offers the ultimate indulgent luxury safari experience and couldn’t be a more romantic place to celebrate your first few days as newlyweds.

3. River Lodge at Lion Sands

River Lodge at Lion Sands Game Reserve is know to a top choice for honeymooners seeking a luxury safari lodge experience. River Lodge prides itself for having some of the best game drives in the country, exquisite luxury accommodation, an open fire-pit and huge communal viewing deck. Lion Sands is also offers a unique experience in one of there beautiful treehouse, where you can sleep out in the wild.

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We hope our comparisons have helped you make up your mind but if you’re still on the fence, we’d love to help you make the right choice for your needs. Pop an email to and our team will gladly assist you with any queries. 

For common Safari questions, you may want to read our article here. To learn more about safari safety tips, check out this article here.

If you still have questions or would like more information on Africa safaris, particularly South African safaris, then please contact us or view our selection of safari lodges here.

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