Africa is one of the world's largest continents, with plenty of things to do and see. The best thing to do here, however, is to go on a safari. You can enjoy the many climate variations as well as diverse wildlife while staying in a magnificent African safari lodge to add to your experience!
Here are five sites that exemplify the diversity of experiences available in the wild and exhibit some of the most spectacular settings and innovations of Africa's next generation of safari camps.
Mwiba Lodge, Tanzania - Mwiba Lodge is nestled in a 129,000-acre reserve bordering the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on one side and the Serengeti National Park on the other, and is ideal for community visits and cultural exchange. The lodge strikes a compromise between the creature comforts of a permanent safari lodge and the full wilderness experience of a tented camp.
Mombo Lodge, Botswana - The Okavango Delta, a 6,000-square-mile wetland wonderland encircled by a maze of canals teeming with wildlife, is unlike any other scenery on the planet. On Chief's Island, in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Delta, Mombo is an intimate eight-suite camp. When it first opened in 1991, the camp set a new standard in the design of sustainable safari camps, making it the most expensive safari lodge in Africa. Most importantly, it changed the course of Botswana's history and ecotourism (the camp is 100 percent solar powered).
Segera Retreat, Kenya - Segera is a nine-guesthouse resort-like property in Kenya's Laikipia region that focuses on sustainability and conservation projects and features an impressive collection of safari-related antiques and 21st-century African art.
Singita Mara River Camp, Tanzania - For dramatic wildlife watching and the Great Migration. Singita's Mara River Camp's great location in northern Tanzania, on the banks of the Mara River, means you'll wake up under canvas in the middle of the Serengeti each morning to the sound of bird calls and be perfectly positioned to watch the Great Migration.
Bisate Lodge, Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda - Bisate is a collection of six houses that resemble gigantic weaver nests and are set on a slope overlooking the volcanic peaks of Bisoke and Karisimbi in Volcanoes National Park. The rooms combine modern conveniences like soaking tubs and fireplaces with traditional Rwandan crafts like bright kitenge textiles. Bisate is an excellent base for trekking to see endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys—both are extraordinary animal encounters that are not typical safari experiences—and Rwanda is a must-see trip for outdoor enthusiasts.