Choosing The Right Safari Camp

Icon August 8, 2018
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For those who are thinking about travelling to Africa for the first time, or those seasoned African travellers; finding the right lodge is paramount. With such a vast selection of styles, locations, game viewing and experiences, choosing the right lodge can be daunting. We’ve taken the stress away by recommending some of our top lodges which have been tried and tested by a member of the team.


Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe

Location: Malilangwe Reserve

Best For: Couples & Older Families

True African charm is ever-present at Singita Pamushana. From the smiling faces of the local Zimbabwean staff to the eclectic mix of tribal African prints and artwork, this lodge is an elevated haven in the African bush. Upon arrival be greeted with a cooling fresh juice and be guided to your suite. Designed to reflect traditional Zimbabwean homes each suite becomes your private abode for your stay. Walk out onto the private deck, with your private plunge pool, and bask in the natural environment. With only 6 suites, the lodge provides an intimate setting where you can mingle with other guests and staff or simply enjoy your own company.  For larger families, the 5-Bedroom villa offers panoramic views of the reserve, a private infinity pool and a modern yet traditional interior which you’ll sure want to replicate in your own home. Each suite has access to their own game vehicle, ranger, and tracker. There are no set times for game drives so you’ll rely on the expert knowledge of your ranger and tracker to decide when to explore by vehicle or even on foot!


Royal Malewane, South Africa

Location: The Greater Kruger National Park

Best For: Couples & Older Families

As part of the Royal Portfolio, Royal Malewane rubs shoulders with the highly acclaimed Birkenhead House in Hermanus, La Residence in the heart of the winelands of Franschhoek, and the newly opened The Silo in Cape Town among others. Picture yourself, early morning sipping on freshly squeezed orange juice whilst overlooking the watering hole frequented by the local elephants, antelope, and buffalo. From the collection of artwork that adorns the walls, the vintage style furniture, selection of Persian rugs and welcoming smiles, it’s no wonder why so many people feel completely at home. This is the place to not only experience the best in pampered relaxation but also catch a glimpse if not more of ‘The Big 5’. Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Black Rhino make up Africa’s ‘Big 5’ and Royal Malewane calls itself home to all 5. For larger families, Africa House is an exclusive home set within its own grounds. The style of the main lodge is reflected throughout Africa House, but with added touches of charm and opulence. The carved four-poster beds from Mombasa and outdoor showers to the intimate treatment rooms and plush silk furnishings, Africa House creates the perfect balance of rustic luxury.


Londolozi, South Africa

Location: Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Situated on the Sand River in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Londolozi established in 1926, is a family owned collection of modern African lodges. Decorated in a clean and contemporary style with splashes of African flair, each of the 5 camps has its own unique look and feel. Even with some of the highest recorded numbers of White Rhino and Lion in Africa, what Londolozi is famous for is actually its Leopards!

For those who have a keen eye for photography, why not take a specialist photographic safari with an expert guide who will help you catch those unforgettable moments which will be able to last a lifetime.


Category: Granite Suites

Best For: Couples

For those who want to bring the outdoors in; the Granite Suites at Londolozi provide a neutral colour palette reflective of both the granite rocks and local elephants. The suites have been designed to create a seamless transition between the suite and the natural environment. The 3 suites, which can accommodate 6 guests, can be taken on exclusive use for larger families or groups.

*The Granite Suites do not allow guests under the age of 16.


Camp: Tree Camp

Best For: Couples & Older Families

Nestled in the leadwood tree canopy, Tree Camp is a celebration of the connection created and nurtured between the local leopards and the guides at Londolozi. The décor is simple with hints of luxury design, from the Ralph Lauren wallpaper and the leather beds. It’s an immersive natural atmosphere, like the treehouse of every child’s fantasy. Spend lazy afternoons sipping on your favourite tipple as the elephants pass below, or spend evenings conversing under the night sky illuminated with lanterns.

*The Tree Camp does not allow guests under the age of 16 unless booked as exclusive use.


Camp: Varty Camp

Best For: Families

At the very heart of Londolozi, in a symbolic sense, you’ll find Varty Camp where the campfire has burned since its inception in 1926. The Londolozi family share a passion for the natural world and this is evident in the style of Varty Camp. Echoing the riverine bush, the rooms are elevated and shaded by the trees, with a simple and authentic décor similar to that of safaris of a bygone era.

*Varty Camp accepts children over the age of 6.


Camp: Founders Camp

Best For: Families

Founders Camp is a memorial camp, celebrating all those who helped to build, nurture and shape the Londolozi Game Reserve. Designed for families, the chalets have convertible children’s rooms so that even the little ones have their own space. Overlooking the banks of the Sand River, the lodge has a bohemian and playful design which is quirkier than the other camps. From its handmade cushions to its use of recycled materials, Founders Camp celebrates the heritage of both the camp and natural environment.

*Founders Camp accepts children over the age of 6.


Camp: Pioneer Camp

Best For: Families

500-year-old Ebony trees provide the setting for Pioneer camp. Offering the most intimate and private experience of all the Londolozi camps due to its location Pioneer camp can be converted into a single home for multi-generational families. Each of the 3 suites is connected with a glass sky walkway so that your spectacular river and bush views are never obstructed. Take a step into history at Pioneer Camp and trace the camps lifeline, through the restored memorabilia and collection of photographs.

*Pioneer Camp accepts children over the age of 6.