Is a safari on your bucket list? It is certainly on mine. Before I turn another decade older, I want to experience wildlife like rhinos, giraffes, and more up close on a safari. Because I know you and I want to know more, I asked my friend and travel writers, Jessica Pierce, to share with us her luxury safari knowledge.
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Safaris are one of the best choices for an incredible getaway – nothing can compare to spotting magnificent animals in their natural habitats. With that being said, a safari doesn’t mean you have to rough it. With plenty of luxury accommodation choices throughout Africa and beyond, here are just four of the best.
Ranthambore National Park, India
Perhaps surprisingly, India is one of the world’s very best destinations for a safari – and there’s certainly no shortage of luxury stays in this national park to choose from. From hotels to sprawling lodges, this is one of the most unique and diverse safari destinations in the world.
The Oberoi Vanyavilas is the most popular choice for many visitors to Ranthambore. The complex of luxury tents was India’s very first luxury safari resort, and with gorgeous poolside and dining opportunities, it’s a great place to kick back and relax after a long day of exploring.
Maasai Mara, Kenya
For the best opportunities to see big cats, Maasai Mara should be your first port of call – there’s an extraordinary number of lions, cheetahs and other cats roaming the plains here, so for unparalleled experiences watching the majestic animals, this should be the destination of choice.
The Cottar’s 1920 safari camp in Maasai Mara is one of the most highly sought after accommodation choices not just in Kenya, but in the entire world. Set right in the heart of the park, these luxury tents offer family, couple and even honeymoon options – whoever you’re travelling with, the Cottar’s camp can accommodate you comfortably.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The ‘Big Five’ of the African plains can all be found in abundance here in Kruger National Park. Set in South Africa, a safari here will have you spotting leopards and cape buffalo alongside elephants, lions and rhinos, as echoed by Audley. That’s why Kruger is one of the most popular safari destinations in the world – you’ll find the world’s top tour guides taking you around the plains and showing you the wonders of this South African haven.
For a luxury stay, Boulder’s Bush Lodges offer comfortable and plush accommodation set above the plains of Kruger – the views you’ll get from your cottage will be simply incredible.
Okavango Delta, Botswana
There’s a unique draw to the Okavango Delta – its gorgeous waterways and lagoons make for animal sightings you won’t see elsewhere, including crocodiles and hippos. In fact, Botswana is arguably one of the most underrated safari destinations due to its diversity in terms of landscapes and animals. Vast deserts give way to dramatic hills and mountains, and sprawling lakes and lagoons.
Abu’s Camp is a particular highlight of this part of Botswana. With gorgeous guest tents, Botswanan cuisine and elephant riding opportunities, it’s a luxury choice with plenty more personality and authenticity than other potential places to stay in Africa.
** Post contributed by Jessica Pierce, a U.K. based travel writer with a love for luxury and wildlife. **