The Most Exclusive Safari Lodges in South Africa

14th May 2019 // By Alex Martin

Singita Boulders Lodge

Singita Boulders Lodge caused an almighty stir when it first appeared on the banks of the Sand River in 1996. The 12 suites were unapologetically modern, built from rock and shaped by great glass walls. Locals were shocked but tourists loved it.

Now, 23 years later, it is a pillar of the safari industry and remains one of South Africa’s most sought-after lodges. Light floods through all corners of the property, allowing guests to stay in touch with the surrounding Sabi Sand Reserve at all times – even the showers are outside.

Game drives into the lodge’s private reserve are a daily affair with expert guides and trackers on hand to increase your chances of seeing South Africa’s most elusive wildlife. There are a variety of activates to undertake back at the lodge, including a wine tasting session that unbottles some of the most treasured South African vintages.

Cheetah Plains

Opened in April 2019, Cheetah Plains is the freshest lodge out of the luxury safari box. The new lodge is comprised of three houses that celebrate state-of-the-art architecture, South African art and fine wine. The designers have shunned the traditional safari look in favor of a contemporary look.  The three houses each come complete with a private pool, dedicated safari guide, a chef, wine gallery and a spa therapist.

The lodge also has some serious eco credentials. The cars that take you into the game reserve are fully electric. The specially-designed Land Cruisers look like traditional safari cars, but use Tesla batteries to make sure they minimize the impact on the environment. The lodge also expects to produce 100 percent of its electricity through solar panels from this month throughout the season.

Singita Ebony Lodge

Singita Ebony Lodge was the only South African safari lodge to be included in Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Hotels for 2019. It was included not just because of its super-stylish décor and stunning suites, but because of its inspiring conservation programs. The lodge is comprised of 12 suites, each with its own private pool, fireplace and a suspended deck. From there, guests are likely to see animals drinking from the river below.

Their night-game drives are a must if you want to increase your chances of spotting the elusive leopard. The bush lodge-style runs consistently throughout the property, providing guests with a true sense of classic safari romance.

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