Luxury African lodges

After a long day tracking game under a blazing African sun, where better to retire to than one of the continent’s luxury lodges, says April Waterston

Zambezi Grande

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Head to the banks of the Lower Zambezi River in Zambia, to the Zambezi Grande, a luxurious five-star family-owned game lodge. Just minutes from the Lower Zambezi National Park, it offers an authentic safari experience with understated luxury. For a real treat, book a free-standing Superior Suite with uninterrupted views from the banks of the river.

Cederberg Ridge

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With panoramic views of South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains, Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge is something of a hidden gem. Just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Cape Town and the Winelands, visitors can enjoy everything from mountain biking, rock art excursions, rooibos farm tours, sunset boat cruises, wine-tasting, star-gazing by the fire-pit and a spa treatment.

Lemala Wildwaters Lodge

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One for adventurers, Wildwaters Lodge lies on a private island mid-stream on the River Nile in Uganda, around 25km downstream from Jinja. It can only be reached by boat, uniquely perched on granite rocks with dramatic rapids roaring all around. Book one of 10 standalone elevated luxury suites, linked by raised wooden walkways to the restaurant, bar and library.

Jamala Madikwe

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Renowned for game viewing, Jamala Madikwe in South Africa takes pride in its five luxurious villas and exceptional cuisine. With a maximum capacity of 10 guests, the lodge serves as an exclusive base to explore the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. New is a fire pit and watch tower offering a fresh experience overlooking a private and very active waterhole right in front of the main building.

The Manor House

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The former home of Henry Fancourt White, The Manor House at Fancourt was built in the 1850s and still retains all its stately charm. Set against the backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains in South Africa, The Manor House features a lounge, bar and swimming pool. With 18 suites and a personalised, butler-style service, guests can recharge and reconnect in a serene sanctuary.

Fanjove Island 

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Few things exude barefoot luxury more than access to the palm-fringed beaches of Fanjove Island. From October 2022 the Tanzanian island paradise will welcome travellers back following a rebuild. Highlights will include the restoration of a historic lighthouse, open-air dining by the lighthouse and brand-new beach suites – the perfect place to rest up after a day spent looking for dolphins.