Every year people flock to South Africa for an unforgettable safari experience, in the hopes that they’ll spot some of the world’s rarest and most incredible wildlife. However, if you are plagued with visions of sleeping rough in the bushveld then banish them now, for South Africa is home to a plethora of luxurious game lodges.
Game lodges combine wildlife and luxury together, ensuring that you can enjoy all modern comforts whilst still drinking in South Africa’s incredible sights and sounds.
We’ve put together a list of the Top South Africa Luxury Lodges so you don’t have to waste a moment in beginning your dream South African getaway!
Phantom Forest Eco Reserve
The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve is dedicated to worshipping and preserving nature, whilst providing its guests with unparalleled luxury.
Nestled in the stunning Afromontane Forest, the reserve is situated within 137 hectares of nature reserve, meaning you will have the opportunity to spot some of South Africa’s incredible flora and fauna.
From its treetop accommodation to the multiple cuisine options available, the Phantom Forest Eco Reserve is bursting at the seams with decadence. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the reserve’s Body Boma, where a team of spa professionals await to unwind you from head to toe.
Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa
Cybele Forest Lodge & Health Spa is a welcome fusion of modern amenities and traditional South African charm.
This lodge offers a variety of luxurious accommodation options to suit every need, from the forest suites which boast views of the nearby mountains and forest to the garden cottages, which are ideal for couples.
If you fancy a change from embarking upon game drives, you could unwind in the lodge’s Health Spa, which is designed to completely rejuvenate you.
Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve
Located just outside the village Port Alfred, the Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve bestows upon its guests breath-taking beauty, nearby wildlife and unapologetic decadence.
When you’re not strolling along the endless beaches which the lodge overlooks, you could be greeting your local neighbours – that is, the countless varieties of wildlife which can often be seen roaming the area.
Apart from game experiences, the Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve also boasts a magnificent spa, steam room and gym.
Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge
Experience the best of safari luxury at the Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge.
From African folk tales recited around the campfire to afternoons spent lazing by the pool, you can combine the best of old and new South Africa at this stunning game lodge.
When you’re not embarking upon game drives in hopes of spotting the Big Five, you could be whiling away the hours at the lodge’s spa, which specialises in an array of massages, body wraps and exfoliations.
This lodge boasts a wealth of amenities and facilities which separates it from any other South African accommodation.
As well as providing game viewing opportunities, the Royal Malewane lodge also offers hot air balloon flights and horse riding safaris.
Saddle up and get ready to gallop through the bush, keeping an eye out for the local wildlife as you drink in views of South Africa from astride your steed.