Just as amazing as the wildlife, the stunning landscapes of Africa draw people from all over the world and keep them coming back. Many safari lodges have been designed to blend in with their surroundings and offer guests spectacular views out over uninterrupted wilderness. There is nothing better than returning from an action-packed safari to enjoy a midday siesta with private panoramic views from your room - paradise!
Here are our top 5 lodges with a view in Africa:
1: Saruni Samburu, Kenya
Perched on the top of the Kalama Mountains with dramatic views, Saruni Samburu is a unique five star lodge a short drive from the northern border of Samburu Game Reserve. The lodge offers six villas (including family villas) and activities include morning and evening game drives, guided game walks, bush dinners and star gazing. A waterhole attracts elephant, reticulated giraffe, zebra, oryx and more. The traditions and semi-nomadic heritage of the local people are an important part of the experience, and activities are led by professional Samburu guides. Experience this stand out lodge on our Saruni Wilderness Safari.
2: Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Rwanda
Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is situated in the foothills of the mighty Virungas, a chain of 4,570 metre volcanoes stretching through Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The lodge affords wonderful views of the volcanoes and the surrounding countryside. The stone cottages and the main lodge building have been beautifully constructed and appointed and the lodge is the perfect base from which to trek the endangered mountain gorilla.
3: The Outpost, South Africa
The Outpost lies in the Makuleke Contractual Park, the wildest and most remote part of the Kruger National Park. Resting high on a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River Valley, the lodge is designed to emphasise its beautiful surroundings and the suites offer spectacular panoramic views of the river and bush below. The Big Five park measures some 26,500 hectares and is well known for its abundant wildlife including less common species not evident in the southern and central regions of the park.
4: Satao Camp, Tsavo East, Kenya
Satao Camp has hundreds (sometimes thousands) of elephants a day visiting the waterhole, and all within easy viewing distance of every tent at Satao Camp. The waterhole is also frequented by many other animals including a pride of lions who visit regularly. There is no other safari camp in Africa that has anything like the number of elephants visiting their waterhole, making it an armchair safari that is very difficult to beat! Sit on your verandah or in the observation tower to watch the procession of wildlife come for water.
5: Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is perched on the edge of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater and is one of the most unique and luxurious safari lodges in Africa. Designed to resemble the traditional dwellings of the local Masai people from the outside, each stilted suite is sumptuously furnished with panelled walls and floors made of Tanzanian hardwoods, rich raw silk curtains, hand-beaded chandeliers, gilt mirrors, a fireplace and a butler’s lobby. The suites all feature decks with magnificent views of the Crater floor.
To speak to someone with first hand knowledge of these amazing lodges, please contact our Africa experts.