Staying in a game lodge in Africa is one of the best experiences that a person could ever have. This is the reason why the decision of choosing the best game lodge in Africa is important. Game lodges are built to accommodate tourists who come to Africa to experience a unique adventure of their life. These kinds of accommodations are the next level upmarket hotels located near nature parks and game reserves.
If you can afford this once-in-a-lifetime experience, there are several breathtaking game lodges to choose from, located in different countries in the southern and eastern parts of Africa.
Here is a list of the best accommodations in Africa near nature reserves:
- Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge (Botswana)
This luxurious accommodation is located near the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, part of the floodplains of the Okavango Delta. It is known for its dense concentration of elephants, lions, buffaloes, giraffes, wild dogs, cheetah, antelopes, and many more. It has 12 breathtakingly beautiful and comfortable accommodations with their own wood deck and plunge pool. Guests will wake up to the sound of birds and baboons in this protected enclave.
- Royal Malewane (South Africa)
Located in South Africa’s Greater Kruger National Park, it offers the quintessential life in the wild experience with modern comfort and convenience. With experienced and qualified guides and trackers, you will surely experience the thrill of being close to the African animals at its finest. Visitors will get close to the “big five” because Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. Aside from the big 5, it has 145 mammal species and 500 bird species.
- Mara Serena Safari Lodge (Kenya)
Set high on a hill, guests are offered expansive views of the Savannah and the Mara River, which is almost always full of bathing hippopotamus. This lodge is located right in the middle of the Mara Triangle, within Kenya’s world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Guests get to see what is considered as “the greatest wildlife show on earth”, the migration of the wildebeest. The lodges are designed based on the Masai tribe’s Manyatta, and each room has its own view of the Mara River.
- Singita Faru Faru Lodge (Tanzania)
Part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem, this beautiful lodge set in Northern Tanzania on top of a gently sloping hill, adjacent to the migratory route of more than 2 million wildebeests, which pass through this path annually. It only has nine suites in total, which ensures total privacy and personalized service. Some of the activities in the lodge include a game drive where visitors are likely to spot wildebeests, elephants, cheetahs, lions, leopards, and buffalos.
There are also guided walks and community visits. For children, there are exciting activities like archery, swimming, spa face painting, and a mini rangers’ course.
- Ivory Lodge Lion Sands (South Africa)
This award-winning lodge surrounded by the untamed African bush, is one great experience to remember. It has only six luxurious suites equipped with their own private flow pool. If you want a more extreme experience, you can stay in one of their ultra-luxurious tree houses, with a breathtaking view of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park.