Stanley and Livingstone Boutique Hotel

Stanley and Livingstone Boutique Hotel Pool
Understated elegance, neutral tones and classic touches are the name of the game at the Stanley & Livingstone, Victoria Falls’ first boutique hotel. Named after the European explorers synonymous with the area, this intimate accommodation has elements they would recognise like glowing lanterns, wooden shutters and leather travelling trunks. And its location is one they would likely approve of too: amid the manicured gardens of the Victoria Falls Private Reserve, a 2 500-hectare Big 5 conservation area that borders Zambezi National Park. The reserve is earmarked as a designated Intensive Protection Zone for rhinos, a truly special area for these endangered gentle giants.  In addition to staying in a beautiful locale overlooking a popular waterhole, the Stanley & Livingstone also has the benefit of complimentary shuttles to Victoria Falls International Airport and Victoria Falls Town. This bustling settlement is home to a range of adventure activities like white-water rafting, bungee jumping and bridge swinging. The main attraction is, of course, Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ to give the Falls their traditional name. The views are most impressive from the Zimbabwean side, millions of litres of water gushing down a wide and deep precipice to form the biggest waterfall in the world by volume. Read More...

Madikwe Safari Lodge

Madikwe Safari Lodge Lobby Exretior
Madikwe Safari Lodge comprises three superb lodges situated in the non-malarial Madikwe Game Reserve. The lodge offers 20 suites, each with its own plunge pool and fantastic views over the reserve, accompanied by an excellent level of service.The Madikwe Reserve on the north-western border of South Africa with Botswana. Overlooking Madikwe’s game-filled plains, and set on a gentle slope nestled between rolling hills, the lodge is made up of three intimate camps. It is positioned at the ecological junction between the bushveld and the Kalahari meaning it therefore comprises five distinct habitats which are home to an array of African wildlife, including the big five.Interiors reflect the red, earthy hues of the lodge’s surroundings, from rust to rich buttery tones. Most suites feature a sitting area, bedroom with fireplace, dressing area with personal bar, en-suite bathroom and wooden decking leading to a shaded plunge pool.Guest areas for all camps feature a series of individual sitting areas and shaded outdoor seating on the expansive covered decks. There are plentiful fireplaces both inside and out, with a pizza oven for fun dining. There is a very pleasant, book-filled library at North Camp, and West Camp is perfectly set up for families. Read More...

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge

Tinyeleti Treehouse at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
We are always surprised at how a visit to Tinga can completely restore our energy after just a few days. When you’re right on the Sabie River, watching the animals and surrounded entirely by bush and sky, you really feel like you’re suspended in time and removed from the world as you know it. Tinga is an escape that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. With just 9 luxurious suites, each located in an utterly private spot overlooking the river, guests are treated to the ultimate African luxury experience. Each of Tinga’s suites has a bathroom with a bath and shower, separate lounge area with minibar, private plunge pool and deck, 24 hour air-conditioning and a range of luxury amenities. Lion Sands Kruger National Park is one of only seven private concessions in the Kruger National Park. A 5,000 hectare (12,500 acre) private concession with the highest concentration of Black Rhino in South Africa. It is the only private reserve with access to both the Sabie and Sand rivers, enhancing diversity of game viewing. Guests visiting Lion Sands must take the opportunity to stay in one of the jaw-droppingly cool treehouses. Perched high on stilts these platforms offer the chance to spend the night out under the stars in the heart of the South African bush. Read More...

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Villa w pool at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a luxurious and highly exclusive lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The enormous suites at Ivory Lodge have true wow factor, a safari here is an unforgettable experience.Lion Sands is an award winning lodge situated in the wildlife rich Sabi Sands. There are eight beautifully appointed villas and one double villa, each with a separate living room, swimming pool and an open plan en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower. Spacious glass-fronted bedrooms afford fabulous views onto the river bed below. Guests can sit by their private plunge pools and watch wildlife from their decks.Guests staying at Ivory Lodge have full flexibility to choose how their day plays out, some decide not to leave their suites and have meals on the private deck, others prefer to relax in the comfortable and relaxing communal areas: the beautiful bar and open sitting room with its big fireplace, or on any of the wooden platform viewing decks. If you are fortunate enough to find availability, you will quickly see why Lion Sands Ivory Lodge sits right at the top of the list of luxurious and exclusive accommodation in this area of South Africa.For those after a truly unforgettable experience, guests can choose to spend a night in one of the Lion Sands tree houses. A beautiful bedroom, set high on stilts in the middle of the bush, it’s the ultimate in privacy and romance. Read More...

Lion Sands Narina Lodge

Lion Sands Narina Lodge Suite
Perched among a canopy of 100 year old trees overlooking the Sabie River, the style of Narina is that of a luxurious treehouse, where the main areas link to the 9 private Suites via raised wooden walkways. The thick green foliage beneath the overhanging roof of trees has a particular sound to it. 9 Luxury Suites each afford complete privacy, and whether you choose to spend time at your private plunge pool overlooking the River, reclining on the couch in your lounge, lazing on your bed with a good book, or soaking in a bubble bath, you will not be cheated of the breathtaking panorama. Narina Lodge is one of Lion Sands’ two nine tented camps on the banks of the Sabie River, along with sister camp Tinga Lodge. Lion Sands believe they can offer guests true escapism through the attention to detail they offer in this stunning location, and with such incredible game viewing. Guests visiting Lion Sands must take the opportunity to stay in one of the jaw-droppingly cool treehouses. Perched high on stilts, these platforms offer the chance to spend the night out under the stars in the heart of the South African bush. Read More...

Lion Sands River Lodge

Lion Sands River Lodge Riverside Dining
Lion Sands River Lodge is a beautifully designed safari lodge in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. On the bank of the Sabi River, the location offers unparalleled game viewing, and the lodge a luxurious experience with fantastic service. Set on the banks of the Sabi River, surrounded by 800 year-old trees, Lion Sands River Lodge catches the morning sun as it rises over Kruger, giving guests a warm and gentle start to the day. The vibe at the lodge is exclusive yet relaxed, with a variety of seating areas on viewing decks and around the pool so that guests can be as sociable as they wish. Following an extensive refurbishment and rebuild in early 2010, the lodge now offers 18 thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor and indoor shower and wooden viewing deck. Bedrooms feature king size beds and air conditioning with an overhead fan for complete comfort during your stay. The style is a mixture of contemporary South African design, with the small touches and attention to detail that bring an authentic safari lodge atmosphere to the property. Game drives take place first thing in the morning and late afternoon, with mealtimes arranged around game viewing activities. In the middle of the day, guests can relax by the pool, take a siesta, contemplate the beautiful scenery from one of the viewing decks or make use of the various games on offer. There is also a spa offering spa body, facial and hydrotherapy treatments. Dinner is served in a variety of locations, usually changing daily, from dining platform to riverbed to boma, making each evening a slightly different experience. Read More...

Marataba Safari Lodge

Marataba Safari Lodge South Africa Treehouse
Part of More Hotels, Marataba Safari Lodge lies in an exclusive 23,000ha Big 5 reserve in a stunningly beautiful location at the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains. The park and concession fall within the UNESCO-recognised Waterberg Biosphere – the only savannah biosphere in the world.  Situated in a malaria-free region only four hours north of Johannesburg, Marataba is surrounded by beautiful mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and rich valleys. Here you’ll find rare yellowwood and cedar trees, five-metre high cycads and tree ferns. Alongside Africa’s Big 5, you’ll encounter a wide variety of birds, including the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world. Marataba also has a large population of leopards, and sightings of these elusive beasts are quite common. Additionally, the Miss Mara boat safari can accommodate up to ten guests, and operates both sunset and morning cruises along the Matlabas River. The 15 luxurious tented suites blend into the surrounding bush, providing a fully immersive wilderness experience while offering full modern comforts. Each of the luxury tents has its own private deck overlooking the mountains and river below. The lavish free-standing stone baths in each suite comes with indoor as well as outdoor showers. A lawn in front of the lodge overlooks a popular waterhole and serves as the setting where dinners are served. On the menu for your pleasure is a smorgasbord of activities from which to choose. Whether enjoying a game drive, walking trail, sunset river excursion, or a private dinner for two, there is never enough time to exhaust the many ways there are to love this place. Read More...