Safari Hotels

"In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight..."

Except that it doesn't because, like other members of the cat family, lions are nocturnal and are probably busy hunting at night. Nor do they tend to inhabit jungles, preferring open savannah and scrubland. These are the kinds of smart alec things you can tell all your friends once you've been on safari. The question on everyone's lips though, is not where the lion sleeps, but where you do. Well, luckily we've come up with a list of our ten favourite safari hotels around the world.

For an in-depth look at the list, read our Top 10 Safari Hotels blog.

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Whether you're looking for an African family adventure, hoping to evoke memories of the Jungle Book in India or seeking exotic wildlife in Latin America, we know the hotel for you.

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Where to stay

Leobo Private Reserve at night, luxury safari camp in South Africa

Leobo Private Reserve

Private islands are so yesterday, it’s all about private reserves, in particular ones in South Africa called Leobo. This place is totally cool, not to mention chic and exclusive for guests wanting a little more privacy when visiting this magnificent malaria-free destination.

Zafara camp, luxury camp in Botswana

Zarafa Camp

Zarafa Camp is located on the fringes of Zibadianja Lagoon in northern Botswana’s 320,000 acre Selinda Reserve.

Greystoke beach and lodge

Greystoke Mahale

Situated on a remote beach on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, Greystoke Mahale is an exclusive sanctuary at the edge of a huge area of tropical forest.

Luxury bedroom at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge, luxury lodge in Namibia

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

Perched high on a ridge of red sand dunes, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge consists of nine individual chalets strung out on either side of the central lodge building.

Leopard at Jawai Leopard Camp, luxury camp in India


Jawai pioneers a new age of camping in India. Sujan’s latest ‘glamping’ experiment is located in the remote wilderness of the Aravalli Hills between Jodhpur and Udaipur, where would you believe it, leopards roam freely.

Caiman Lodge

Caiman Lodge

Caiman Ecological Refuge is a 53,000-hectare property located in the heart of the Pantanal region of Brazil, one of the world’s most important wetlands, hosting one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the Americas.

Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific.


Ol Malo

Ol Malo is a privately-owned game sanctuary on the banks of the Uaso Nyiro River in Kenya's wild and beautiful North Eastern Province - 5000 acres of spectacular bush country overlooked by Mount Kenya.

Mahua Kothi, luxury hotel in India

Mahua Kothi

Pronounced ma-hoo-a, this tree with its fleshy off-white flowers plays a central role in festivals and rituals, as the vitamins, minerals and sugar-rich flowers are used in a number of ways.

Singita Lebombo

Singita Lebombo

Singita Lebombo is arguably South Africa’s most luxurious safari camp.

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