5 Favourite luxury safaris to try in 2017

2017-01-12 12:37 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - It's no secret that Africa hosts the world's most abundant array of amazing wildlife experiences – from classic Kruger holidays to luxury safaris across the continent… and pretty much everything in between. 

If you're a happy-go-lucky Kruger camper, you'd be thrilled to know that South African National Parks (SANParks) is offering 25% discount on low season tariffs to short notice online reservations for accommodation and camping at a selection of camps and parks across South Africa.

These discounts are available only to new bookings made by the public from 10 January 2017, for mid-week stays (Sunday to Thursday nights) between Tuesday the 17th of January and Tuesday the 31st of January 2017 (inclusive), through the SANParks online booking system. 

The discount applies only to the cost of accommodation or camping. Check out the participating parks here

If you lean more towards the other, more luxurious end of the spectrum in terms of safari, this year will be heaven sent. 

If you're one of the dreamers, take a look at our Top 5 favourite luxury safari options in Africa you need to try out in 2017 - 

Karkloof Safari Spa - South Africa

This is like all of SA's very best attractions rolled into one - think private guides, game drives and spectacular wildlife, paired with one of the very best wellness offerings on the continent.

The first inclusive spa property in Africa, visitors can indulge themselves with unlimited hydrotherapy and up to 11 different treatments per day. 

And when you'd like to take a break from all that pampering, you can always indulge in spotting the wildlife that roams the area. 

Cost: From R13 000 per couple 

Mpongo Private Game Reserve - South Africa

Mpongo Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape near East London will be opening two new lodges on the property followng an extensive R18 million refurb on the highly popular reserve.

The new Umthombe Bush Villa will have six bedrooms that can be booked out as a complete unit for families or executive groups while the other new Indlovu Lodge, with its 19 rooms and two dormitories, can accommodate 40 people. 

The renovations also include upgrades to the restaurant, enhancements to the edu-centre and new admin areas.

Cost: From R900 per person per night, sharing 

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Further up in Africa 

Sanctuary Chief's Camp - Botswana 

Botswana is very much a hotspot for South African travellers. But those with a taste for luxury will now be able to enjoy a completely revamped experience right on the Okavango Delta's Moremi Game Reserve. 

Wildlife-spotting is the main attractions, but the Sanctuary Chief's Camp will make sure your tough game-viewing days are rewarded with some world-class pampering. 

The camp is home to 12 pavilions, each with a private pool and outside seating area. 

Cost: From R16 000 per person per night, sharing 

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Saruni Rhino camp - Kenya

Located in a dry riverbed, the new Saruni Rhino camp will be opening its doors to the public in February 2017. 

Located in Sera Community Conservancy, in the wild, undiscovered northern frontier of Kenya, the camp is currently a little over 2 driving hours from our Saruni Samburu lodge in nearby Kalama Conservancy. 

The offering will be an intimate one. There are only two small luxury "bandas" - open, stone cottages with king-size beds and waterhole views.

The main attraction of the new camp will be the walking safari, in which visitors will be able to track endangered black rhinos, which have been reintroduced to this part of Kenya after a 25-year absence. Through using new tracking technology, getting up-close-and-personal with the rhinos would almost be a guarantee. 

Cost: From R8 500 per person per night, sharing 

NOTE: Access to the rhino tracking requires the payment of a special conservation fee of $175 (about R2 300) per day/night and it is open to guests over the age of 16 only. 

Bisate Lodge - Rwanda

Rwanda's endangered, but growing, population of silverback gorillas has turned this small country into an essential visit for safari enthusiasts.

It's a gap Wilderness Safari's Bisate Lodge, situated next to Rwanda’s renowned Volcanoes National Park, hopes to fill in June 2017. 

Comprising just six forest villas, Bisate Lodge will offer a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and a holistic exploration of this beautiful region.

Those looking to kick back in luxury after a long day of trekking to see gorillas and golden monkeys up close won't be disappointed. The villas are situated with unobstructed views across to Karisimbi, Bisoke and Mikeno volcanoes, and each has its own deck and central fireplace.

Cost: From R15 000 per person per night, sharing

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