Wonderluxe ideas for luxury safari holidays.
What elevates good safaris to great safaris?
Lodges where every last detail has been considered, and where every guest is treated personally; visits purposefully timed to boost sighting odds; seamless connections; sundowners in sensational spots; and, above all, a friendly guide with the eyesight and knowledge of the wildlife gods.
Knowing all of this allows us to arrange note-perfect luxury safari holidays, so get in touch to start planning.
Chat to us and we’ll create a bespoke wildlife adventure, just for you. Here are a handful of luxury safari holidays, with plenty more up our sleeves:
Watch giraffes from your hot tub
Imagine soaking in your luxury tent’s private hot tub, watching giraffes or zebras grazing on plains below. It’s possible – common, even – at Kenya’s Mara Bushtops. And after dusty game drives, the award-winning spa awaits.
Balloon flight over Kenya’s
Only from up high can the Mara’s scope truly be appreciated. Over a sunrise Champagne breakfast, you’ll likely see predators pursuing prey as lines of elephants trudge water-wards. If it’s your honeymoon, we can arrange a private flight, too.
Breakfast on the savannah
We’ve found incorporating breakfast into game drives yields three advantages. It allows you to stay out longer – which means you’ll see much more. It’s immersive, what with all the birdcall and bush scents. And it’s impossibly romantic.
Stay in a secluded treehouse
Lion Sands – a private game reserve in South Africa – has three luxurious treehouses in which you can spend the night. Two are partly open-air, and one glass-walled. You’ll hear male lions roaring and awake to brilliant birdsong.
Track gorillas in Rwanda
Watching mountain gorillas interact with their family and observing their eerily familiar gestures is electrifying – and unlike any other safari experience. Rwanda is the prime spot and we know the most luxurious lodges to stay in.
Stay beside the Zambezi
Named after shrubs in which leopards snooze, Zambia’s Sausage Tree Camp lines the lush, hippo-packed Zambezi River. Villas boast plunge pools, the guides are first-class and it’s wonderfully easy to combine with Victoria Falls.
Abundant animals at Kruger
No African park rivals Kruger for sightings, with the Big Five, wild dogs, cheetahs and giraffes all encountered regularly. Amid a private reserve in South Africa, choose from Sir Richard Branson’s two Ulusaba lodges – one clifftop, one with treehouse-style rooms.
Follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth
Stiled over a waterhole popular with elephants, Kenya’s legendary Treetops hotel is famous for being the last place where Elizabeth II stayed as a princess. On the very next day of her holiday, she unexpectedly assumed the English throne.
Canoe around Botswana’s swamps
Most safaris involve drives or walks, but an alternative awaits in the Okavango Delta: gliding along channels in mokoro canoes propelled by pole-wielding guides. Every sound is amplified, and elephants look extra-huge as they pad by.