When you want to see exotic animals roaming, skip the zoo and travel to see the natural beauty of the animal kingdom on a safari adventure. Celebrate World Safari Day on November 25 and take a walk on the wild side at one of these five luxury safaris:
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is an all-inclusive resort located in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The lodge is perched on a series of platforms and walkways, sitting next to a watering hole where families of elephants stop for their morning drinks. To observe the amazing wildlife, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti offers a hot-air balloon ride, where you soar as the sun rises to see the savanna awaken, or you can go on an exhilarating game drive. The luckiest guests will see the Big Five of the animal kingdom: the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros. You can also go on a 90-minute walking tour and join Maasai guides and park rangers, where you will get an intimate look at the beauty of the Serengeti. The guides will even help you set up a “camera trap” for capturing large creatures. After a big day of spotting animals, return to the spa to rehydrate, restore and re-energize for your next adventure. One night at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti starts at $1,150.
Lion Sands River Lodge
The Lion Sands River Lodge was built on the banks of South Africa’s Sabie River, surrounded by 800-year-old trees on the Lion Sands Game Reserve. For $1,126 a night per person, you are invited to go on safari adventures in the morning and late afternoons guided by experienced rangers and trackers. You have a chance to spot the Big Five while exploring the Sabi Sands. In between safari journeys, enjoy a dip at the pool, a drink at the private lounge, and a view of the landscape from your deck ― or get pampered at the Lalamuka Spa.
Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge
In the Chobe National Park of Botswana, you will find the Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge. This all-inclusive lodge is raised on wooden platforms, creating a tented oasis that overlooks a watering hole, where you can observe grazing elephants, hyenas and cheetahs in their natural habitat. The Savute Elephant Lodge has a contemporary interior that sports earthy tones and features eco-friendly designs to keep you and the landscape in harmony. Explore the elephant capital of the world from the game drives, to their viewing hide, to observe the watering hole at eye level. When not out on safari, indulge in signature African dishes on Boma, their deck restaurant. You can also enjoy massages, facials, body rituals, manicures and pedicures at their spa. A deluxe tent room will cost $4,550 per night.
Rated one of the best safari lodges in Africa, the Bwindi Lodge overlooks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda, with stunning views of the forest canopy. Through the trees you are able to see monkeys and birds. Guests can trek a private footpath to access endangered mountain gorillas. While on safari, guests can catch a glimpse of the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, Kyambura Gorge and chimpanzees of Kibale Forest. The Bwindi Bar is the perfect place to enjoy some Ugandan-style meals and the delicious Gorillini Cocktail. The lodge opened two new deluxe bandas in 2021 and rebuilt and upgraded the standard bandas. A single guest can stay in a standard banda for $1100 per night, while the cost to share is $1325 per person.
Located in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, Mahali Mzuri is a 12-tented luxury safari camp in the Kenyan bush. The name “Masai Mara” means beautiful place in Swahili. This resort lives up to the name, as beautiful wildlife is visible from almost anywhere. Spot giraffes from the pool, watch monkeys swing through the trees, and catch a glimpse of an African cat drinking from the stream below your private terrace. Safari-goers are able to get within feet of a lion pride on the twice-daily game drives across the camp’s 13,500 hectares. Nasaro is Mahali Mzuri’s spa that offers a secluded private treatment room with spectacular views ― or you can have your treatment on your tent’s private deck. The nightly rate is $990 per guest.