6 World Class African Safari Experiences For Your Bucket List

 World Class African Safari Experiences

In ages past, a safari was a hunting expedition. Today, our modern world class African safari is designed to expose you to the wild wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitats. Experiencing that while living in the lap of luxury is obviously the best way to do it. Here are a few African safari destinations that you should put on your bucket list to experience the wonder of Africa.

1. Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa

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Ebony Lodge at Singita Sabi Sand

Home to a wide variety of big cats, Singita Sabi Sand is one of the best places to visit to see the Big Five and experience five star luxury in the bush. Nestled alongside world famous Kruger National Park, Singita Sabi Sand has recently refurbished their three luxury lodges: Boulders Lodge, Ebony Lodge and Castleton. At Singita Sabi Sand, you can:

  • Take twice daily game drives
  • Take guided walks through the bush
  • Experience photographic excursions (equipment available to borrow)
  • See a huge variety of wild bird life


2. Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

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Granite Suites at Londolozi

One of South Africa’s first safari lodges and truly a world class African safari, Londolozi Game Reserve is also the first to be awarded Relais & Châteaux status. This recognises their dedication to providing a luxurious and top quality experience. Londolozi is a Zulu word, meaning ‘protector of all living things’, a fitting name for a reserve that focusses on conservation above all else. Your stay will be marked by a combination of fine dining, exceptional service, and the experience of dedicated conservationists who see themselves as stewards of the land. At Londolozi, you can stay in one of their luxury lodges: Tree Camp, Founders Camp, Private Granite Suite, Pioneer Camp and Varty Camp. You can also:

  • Take a 24 hour bush safari
  • Spoil yourself at their bush spa, Londolozi Life
  • Take a yoga class in the bush
  • Experience culinary delights from the Lodge kitchens
  • Take a private, guide photographic safari


3. Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa

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Thornybush lounge, overlooking the Sand River

Another neighbour to the huge conservancy that is the Kruger National Park, Thornybush Game Reserve is a wonderful destination for families while catering for people looking for a quieter, more intimate experience. The Main Camp can accommodate weddings and conferences, is well suited to family visits, and offers birding walks and photographic excursions. Chapangu Camp is home to eight air-conditioned tented chalets and is the perfect jumping off point to explore the bush and see the Big Five in their natural habitat.

  • Daily game drives, including off-road experiences in this private reserve
  • Hot air balloon excursions
  • Starlit dinner under the boma at the Main Camp
  • Night time game drives with experienced rangers
  • Children’s activities


4. Segera Retreat, Kenya

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Segera’s Nay Palad Bird’s Nest

Next, we travel to Kenya and the Segera Retreat, an exclusive retreat designed for luxury, adventure and reflection. Through a combination of incredible design and awesome natural landscape, Segera is one of the best world class African safari experiences out there. Stay in their unique Nay Palad Bird’s Nest and sleep under the African sky, or choose Villa Segera, their villa-for-two. There’s so much to experience at Segera, you’ll wish you never had to go home.

  • Take a helicopter flip over nearby Mount Kenya
  • Track the wildebeest migration from horseback or a game vehicle
  • Experience a five star wine tasting from the Retreat’s incredible wine collection
  • Take an unforgettable game drive through Laikipia, the home of Segera


5. Kings Pool Camp Linyanti, Botswana

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Kings Pool Lounge, overlooking the oxbow

Set on the Western boundary of the Chobe National Park, in the Linyanti Wildlife Reserve, Kings Pool Camp is a luxury tented camp overlooking the oxbow-shaped Kings Pool Lagoon, part of the Linyanti River. Said to be named after King Leopold of Sweden, Kings Pool is famed for its elephant sightings. Experience sightings of wild dogs and leopard while enjoying unmatched comfort in this five star camp.

  • Elegant canvas and thatch tented chalets are exquisitely furnished
  • Wooden decks link the chalets with the lounge, dining room and other common areas giving the whole camp an expansive feel
  • Raised walkways allow animals to roam freely throughout the camp
  • Take daily game drives and night drives with experienced game rangers
  • Internationally recognised as a IBA (Important Bird Area)


6. Seba Camp Okavango Delta, Botswana

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View from a Seba Camp tented chalet over the water

On the Western edge of the Okavango Delta lies Seba Camp, a private concession teeming with all the wildlife common to the Delta. Seba overlooks a lagoon and a seasonal floodplain, making game and wildlife abundant. The camp was named after a famous elephant, Seba, who starred in a Disney movie, and the reserve serves as a centre for elephant research to this day. The spacious, well-equipped tented chalets are elevated with private decks overlooking the lagoon. Round out your stay with gourmet meals each day, and experience world class African safari experiences such as:

  • Guide game drives with opportunities to spot the Big Five
  • Night drives to spot predators and nocturnal creatures
  • Excursions on the river in a mokoro or dugout canoe offers a unique perspective of the area
  • Catch and release fishing trips

There are many great reasons to visit Africa, and a world class African safari experience is one of them. From tented camps to luxury lodges and sleeping under the stars, there’s so much to experience.

About the Author
Sigrid is a freelance writer based in sunny Cape Town. After spending her childhood emigrating across 3 continents, she has spent much of her adult life travelling too. These days, she spends her time writing about health, food, life, travel and everything in between.

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