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Top 5 Luxury Safari Lodge Experiences

Inspiration, SAFARI, TravelManagers

If you’re planning an African safari holiday, you’re probably hoping to see the “Big Five”: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.  From Tanzania to South Africa, Africa is home to some of the most amazing, luxurious and unforgettable safari lodges, with every detail meticulously planned to ensure your stay is out-of-this-world. Here’s a selection of our favourites – the “Big Five” of safari lodges, as compiled by TravelManagers’ Sally Barron.

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The Edge of the World

Adventure, EARTH, SAFARI, STAY

See a colony of Emperor Penguins in the White Desert of Antarctica and Africa’s Big 5 all in one adventurous holiday.

When it comes to epic destinations, Antarctica and South Africa are at the top of any list. Head to Antarctica and South Africa for the ultimate explorer’s adventure with Scott Dunn. From extreme weather to extreme wildlife, this once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Antarctica and South Africa will see you travel across glaciated landscapes and relax in some of Africa’s most exclusive safari lodges.

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Game On

Adventure, EARTH, Lifestyle, SAFARI, STAY

In the wilds of Africa, surrounded by rolling grassland plateaus and watering holes where animals gather, you will find some of the world’s most luxurious (and most expensive) hotels and private game reserve lodges. Boasting intimacy and the finest service, here are our top five game lodges in Africa.

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Forest Villas and Mountain Gorillas

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, SAFARI, STAY, Travel

Located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, Bisate Lodge offers guests breathtaking views of the Virunga volcanoes of the Afro-alpine forests. It’s here, at Bisate Lodge, guests can experience one of the most humbling moments in their lives – the chance to walk with gorillas.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, SAFARI, STAY

From leopards to the black egret, the Selinda Reserve is home to a plethora of creatures great and small. Located on a private 130,000 acre reserve by the banks of the Zibadianja Lagoon in Botswana is the ultra luxe Zarafa camp. Boasting luxury and eco awareness, this safari experience will not disappoint.

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Call of the Wild

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In Swahili Angama means “suspended in midair”, which is exactly where your breathe will be upon witnessing the vast and impressive landscape surrounding Angama Mara. In the wilds of Africa, set on the edge of the Great Rift Valley and overlooking the Maasai Mara lies this exclusive lodge.

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Who is up for a bear hunt?

EARTH, SAFARI, SNOW

I’d always loved big cuddly creatures, especially those that lived in a land of ice, snow and glittering night skies. However it wasn’t the Northern Lights I wanted to see when I alighted in Longyearbyen on the Svalbard archipelago – 78 degrees north of the equator. I’d come here to see the polar bears.

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3 must-do Namibian adventures

EARTH, SAFARI

Straddling the border between two great deserts, Namibia is a land of astonishing scenery, spectacular wildlife and striking contrast. Whether viewed from land or air, this startling country will have you absorbed in its scenery and rich culture every moment that you’re there.

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Tanzania’s top luxury lodges

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Tanzania contains some of Africa’s most inspiring natural wonders, from the towering Mount Kilimanjaro to the seemingly endless Serengeti. Though its landscapes are extreme, it has no shortage of plush lodgings available to enjoy them from.

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South Africa’s top 5 Game Lodges

EARTH, SAFARI

South Africa offers visitors an enchanting combination of untamed landscapes and modern cities. It has some of the most diverse wildlife in Africa: hundreds of species of bird patrol the skies, while the Big Five can be spotted on land. Here are five of the remarkable country’s best luxury game lodges.

Photo of Ulusaba Rock Lodge from sabi-sands.com

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