When money isn’t a limit to picking the finest African holiday, where would you stay? Gorgeous views, original art, fine furnishings, discreet service and only the very best in food, design and location. We looked east and west, north and south to find the ultra luxurious places where only the rich can afford to stay. Here’s our take on where millionaires stay while on holiday in Africa.
Abu Camp – Botswana
At Abu, you are invited to immerse yourself in the majestic world of the African elephant and to see the African bush and its wildlife through the eyes of the elephants – by joining the Abu Herd. Form a strong emotional bond with the herd and be both humbled and inspired as you gain a deeper understanding of elephant conservation – the premise on which Abu is based.
Singita Lebombo – South Africa
Suspended high above the N’wanetsi River, the dramatic cliffside setting of Singita Lebombo Lodge’s 13 contemporary glass-walled suites ensures inimitable views of the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The lodge’s cutting-edge design is cleverly integrated into its wilderness setting, where everything defers to nature and airy spaces welcome the breathtaking surrounds inside.
Singita Malilangwe House – Zimbabwe
Perched on a hilltop alongside Singita Pamushana Lodge in the remote Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe, this elegant exclusive-use home was designed to offer families and friends an intimate shared space and the relaxed freedom to tailor-make their days any way they want, thanks to a dedicated private chef, game vehicle, Field Guide and butler catering for their every need.
Labadi Beach Hotel – Ghana
Set amidst tropical landscaped gardens, overlooking one of Ghana’s most beautiful beaches is the famous Labadi Beach Hotel. The hotel, which is renowned for its food and the unique spirit of Ghanaian hospitality, is located within easy access of both the city and airport. Labadi Beach, a place where tourists and business travellers meet and play.
Mahali Mzuri – Kenya
Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s 12-tented luxury safari camp in the Kenyan Bush. At Mahali Mzuri you’ll have a front row seat, not just to the migration, but also to the abundant game you can see all year round. The camp is situated in the private Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the wider Maasai Mara ecosystem.
The Manta Resort – Tanzania
A remote tropical and pristine island off the east coast of Africa, untouched by mass tourism. Home to compassion, simplicity and time. But simplicity does not necessarily exclude luxury. Or as we call it – “real luxury”. The Manta Resort is situated at the northern tip of the island. It is for the dedicated, the true explorers with an urge to find a home where there is heart and purpose. It is for those who will endure the extra bumpy mile to discover a haven of non-polluted serenity, of silence, solitude and inclusion.
Nyungwe House – Rwanda
Suspended over the slopes of the forest and offering breathtaking jungle views, the One&Only Spa is a blissful sanctuary for guests looking for a moment of calm to complement their adventures in the Nyungwe Forest.
Other Luxurious Yet Relatively Affordable Options
Stanley & Livingston – Zimbabwe
Tintswalo Atlantic – South Africa
The Oberoi – Turtle Bay, Mauritius