Getting up close and personal with nature whilst on holiday can be one of the best experiences in the world, and one you will never forget. Having spied gorillas in Rwanda, orangutans in Borneo and some of the Big Five on safari in Kenya, we asked Kat Townsend of Flight Centre First and Business to recommend some of the world’s most luxurious safari lodges.
This is quite possibly one of the best places in the world for a safari. Located near Kruger National Park in South Africa, Sabi Sands has lodges that range from 4.5 to 5-star accommodation, each offering a unique stay. It’s most notable lodge is the Leopard Hills Lodge, which offers incredible views over the bush and is built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole. Each of the eight glass-fronted suites here boast their own plunge pool, as well as superb views of the African bushveld below. Cotton linen and down duvets greet you after a day of game drives or bush walks.
A Safari often conjures up images of the open plains of Africa, but it’s not the only place in the world to enjoy a safari. Another notable place is Thailand and the highly regarded Elephant Hills Jungle Lake & Safari.
Combining the content of Africa’ safari camps with the lush jungles of Thailand, Elephant Hills is Thailand’s first luxury tented camp. Located in Khao Sok National Park, this resort is easily accessible from many of the popular beach destinations in Thailand, including Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui. With two camps there is something for everyone; the Elephant Camp has been tailor made with luxury in mind, featuring comfortable beds, handmade furniture and even a Western-style toilet. Or, for something even more unique why not stay at the Rainforest Camp, one of the only floating tented camps in the world?
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Last but by no means least, I can’t speak highly enough of Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in South Africa. With three luxurious lodges available, all 5-star quality, this wild resort offers guests a variety of accommodation options. These include Tilney Manor, which not only affords breathtaking views of mountains and plains, but also has a relaxation retreat with two therapy rooms, steam room and sauna – what better way to relax after a day out spotting some of Africa’s greats? There’s even an outdoor shower in your suite if you stay in this lodge, so you really can get up close and personal with nature.