7. Royal Malewane, South Africa
One of the top safari lodges in South Africa, Royal Malewane is for travelers who want to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most discerning and wealthy wildlife lovers. The lodge lies in Thornybush Game Reserve bordering spectacular Kruger National Park, which offers some of the best wildlife-viewing on the planet.
Old-world colonial elegance sets the tone here, and animals take center stage — especially the relatively large number of resident lions.
Eight impeccably decorated, air-conditioned suites recall the grand old days of Hemingway. Oriental rugs, antiques, thatched roofs, and four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting are typical features. Outdoor showers and plunge pools on expansive decks merge with the wilderness, where elephants and other wildlife are part of the views.
Two-bedroom Royal Suites are perfect for families, and for even more exclusivity, groups can reserve Africa House, a six-bedroom villa with a private chef.
Daily activities revolve around the morning and evening game drives, when expert trackers and guides deliver you to National Geographic-worthy wildlife action. You can also relax at the award-winning bush spa and tone at the gym in your spare time.
Children of all ages are welcome in the Royal Suites and Africa House, but they must be older than 10 to stay in the luxury suites.