Top Ten New Safari Lodges To Visit In 2020

Royal Malewane Farmstead

Royal Malewane’s new Farmstead lodge is an intimate and contemporary destination consisting of three luxury farm suites and a lovely Private Villa. Each of the farm suites include a private pool, front and back porch and a beautiful deck overlooking the wilds. The Private Villa is the perfect destination for a family get together and includes your own private chef, housekeeper, butler, private vehicle, guide and tracker. The outside area to the villa is fantastic and includes a magnificent deck area and large swimming pool. Designed by Liz Biden, designer of The Silo (Cape Town) and Birkenhead House (Plettenberg Bay) the lodge will most certainly build on its already impressive guest list that includes Bono, Sir Elton John and Bono.

& Beyond Tengile River Lodge

Situated on the banks of the famed Sand River, the name Tengile means “Tranquil” very apt for this fabled game viewing region. Nine enormous, air conditioned suites, each with panoramic river views, include a private plunge pool and sunken outdoor lounge. Design inspiration includes the work of local artists and compliment the lodge’s bespoke furniture, lights and décor. Besides the fantastic game viewing in the area there is also a gym at the lodge with massages also on offer.

Ingwe Pan

Nestled along a large, secluded pan in Mana Pools National Park (within its own concession) Ingwe Pan consists of 8 eco luxury canvas tents on elevated decks. The aim of the camp is to have a minimal impact on the environment around it. Animals are never far away as they saunter in and around camp and between rooms. The lodge is a mere 30-minute drive to the famous floodplain and Mighty Zambezi River and also has a dedicated Wi-Fi zone and library to relax in.

Tuludi Camp

A sophisticated and intimate camp, Tuludi can be found in the famous Khwai concession of the Okavango Delta. Seven large, tree house styled rooms can be found amongst Leadwood trees and connected by a wooden walkway. The rooms also feature their own private plunge pools while another large pool and library can be found at the main lodge. Activities at Tuludi include exceptional game drives and viewings, walking safaris, boat based game viewing and a traditional Mokoro ride.

Jack’s Camp

One of Africa’s most iconic and classic safari camps is currently going through a rebuild and refurbishment and is due to reopen its doors in April 2020. The new lodge will keep its iconic interiors but will be larger with influences from the Natural History Museum and around the world. The swimming pool pavilion will be reimagined with the addition of a sundeck and private plunge pools in each room. Situated in the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana the camp is the only one in a private reserve one million acres in size. With all of this space your daily activities will include quad biking, bushman walks desert game drives, meerkat visits and horse riding.

Singita Kwitonda

Set on the edge of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda Kwitonda’s unparalleled position puts gorilla trekking in easy reach. Eight luxurious suites feature their own private heated plunge pools, in and outdoor fire places and large timber framed windows that welcome the areas fantastic scenery and volcano views. The lodge celebrates local Rwandan cuisine with a farm to fork approach.

Wilderness Magashi Camp

Situated in the productive and diverse North Eastern region of Rwanda’s Akagera National Park Magashi lodge overlooks the incredible Lake Rwanyakazinga. The area consists of some of the most scenic savanna in all of East Africa. Black rhinos were reintroduced into the reserve in 2017 while lions were reintroduced in 2015 making it a Big 5 destination. All animals are flourishing in their new surrounds. The lodge consists of six spacious tents where interiors and architecture pay homage to a traditional Rwandan culture, all within its own private concession.

Sayari Camp

Currently going through a rebuild and refurbishment Sayari Camp is destined to reopen in June 2020, just in time for the great wildebeest migration in the Northern Serengeti. The luxurious, yet eco conscious camp, will be celebrating its 15th year of ownership with Asilia and even features the first solar powered micro-brewery in the bush. The lodge will have fifteen tents, which includes one family tent, and will take inspiration from the colourful culture of the Kuria people. The spacious main area will be a blend of inside and outside while incorporating the iconic flat topped hill, Turner’s Hill, into its design.

& Beyond Sossusvlei Lodge

Built on a 150 km squared private concession within the Namib Rand Nature Reserve (a part of the world’s oldest desert) the lodge is set amongst oceans of dunes, rocky outcrops and gravel plains. Clarity of light makes this one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes. Sustainability and uncompromised luxury go hand in hand with ten stone and glass suites featuring private plunge pools, air conditioning, a retractable skylight and shower with 180 degree views. Activities on offer include stargazing, with the resident lodge astronomer, specialist led desert experiences, hot air ballooning and big dune excursions.

Takwela Camp

This latest camp by Remote Africa Safaris opened in July 2019. Operational only between the dates of 15th June and 31st October each year in Zambia’s remote destination of North Luangwa the lodge is situated at the confluence of the Luangwa and Mwaleshi Rivers in an area called Chitukuko or “The Place of Development”. Takwela Camp, meaning “We have taken off” is a prime walking destination with 50 kms of private, remote river frontage to explore. The wildlife viewing in the park is superb.




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