Luxury Safari Tours in Africa
Luxury African safari packages on TourRadar
What could be more magical than setting off towards the open plains of a prime luxury safari destination in Africa? If you can afford it or want to splurge, luxury won't compromise the experience or authenticity of your safari, in fact, adding a few creature comforts will only add to the pleasure of seeing beasts in the wild.
We've carefully assessed all African safaris and customer reviews on TourRadar and selected the ten best luxury African safari tours from high quality tour operators such as Globus, Collette, Zegrahm and African Travel.
Wondering what some of the best destinations for a luxury safari are? Look no further, we list the best below!
KenyaKenya is home to one of the best luxury safari destinations in Africa: Masai Mara National Reserve. You can witness the Great Migration in Masai Mara, a true spectacle where you'll see millions of wildebeest and zebras on their annual migration. There is lavish accommodation right by the river, meaning you'll be in one of the best spots to see animals congregating to quench their thirst and cross the river. Stay in a private and exclusive wildlife conservancies: Only lodge residents have access to these parts, so there will be fewer visitors and more chances to spot wildlife.View Tours
TanzaniaHome to the Serengeti, Tanzania is where you can spot animals in the grasslands below the world's highest freestanding mountain: Kilimanjaro. If you want to see the Great Migration, you can also catch the wildebeest and zebra in Serengeti. Calving season is absolutely spectacular, where thousands of new wildebeest are born every day. If the Serengeti is too busy, seek refuge in the less crowded parks in the south where there are many places to spot animals. For safari honeymooners, Tanzania is a great choice because you can enjoy the beach in Zanzibar.View Tours
South AfricaSouth Africa is a safari powerhouse! You can experience wildlife while sipping on world-famous wines and visiting renowned South African towns and cities. Some of Africa's best landscapes can be found here, from the arid beauty of the Kalahari Desert to the Drakensberg Mountains and lush Cape Winelands. Spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park, Kgalagadi and many more national parks. But remember, South Africa is also great for outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing and even bungee jumping!View Tours
BotswanaOkavango Delta in Botswana is an impressive haven for wildlife. It's hard to believe something like that exists, but the earth is full of wonders. The volume of species, on land, below the water and in the air is staggering. You'll see big cats and herds of elephants wandering the open plains, water shifting to make way for aquatic creatures and colourful birds taking flight. And you simply have to drop by the salt pans of Makgadikgadi. Along with the Nxai Pans, they are believed to be the largest in the world.View Tours
UgandaUganda is one of the safest safari destinations in Africa and whereas other East African safari hotspots get packed with tourists, you'll find fewer crowds here! The real beauty of this place is that it's one of few places left to see the world's remaining gorilla population. Tucked away in the green misty mountains, these animals will take your breath away. Along with being home to mountain gorillas and where you can go gorilla trekking, the biodiversity of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is incredible.View Tours
NamibiaTravellers looking for the African safari experience should know that Namibia is a great place to get stuck in. Etosha National Park is where you'll find all the things you want: Big cats, herds of animals and plenty of game in sight. Rhinos are hard to come by in the wild, but Namibia is one place where you can actually see them in their natural habitat. This is also where you'll find the Nabib, a place where the desert meets the sea. Located along the coast, this vast mass of fiery red sand is the sight you didn't know you were looking for.View Tours
Luxury safari operators
What to expect on a luxury safari?
If you really want to be in the thick of the African bush, sleeping under the stars to the sounds of wildlife buzzing around you, then there's no better option than camping.
As with lodges, there are degrees of luxury which range from basic glamping to downright fabulous. If you want an authentic experience go for a campsite where you have access to water for washing and solar power. Fancier campsites have 24-hour electricity and running hot water, but if you really want to splurge, go for a luxury safari camp where you'll get gourmet suppers, lavish dwellings and fine wine!
Unsurprisingly there are a number of options even within the realm of luxury safari lodging - from lavish to uber luxe. What you can expect from most lodges is electricity, air-conditioning, hair dryers and comfortable surroundings.
When it comes to choosing the right lodge for you, consider what you want this once in a lifetime safari experience to be. If you're looking for an intimate experience, choose a smaller lodge, if you really want to splurge, opt for an ultra-luxury lodge, if your primary desire is to be near animals and experience some comforts, then go for a lodge that puts you in the proximity of wildlife.
Knowledgeable and friendly guides
- A deep understanding and love of the region
- Knowledge and patience
- Respect for the animals