Everyone has a bucket list of some sort, I know I have had plenty. From things to do before I hit my thirties, to lists of books I want to read before I die. I thought I’d share one of mine with all of you, my bucket list of Luxury (note the word luxury) African Safari Lodges that one day I will visit.

So if anyone is unsure what to get me for Christmas… (nudge nudge wink wink)

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Matetsi River Lodge

Another place on my list that would require me to sell an organ or two, but looks so worth the cost! Being situated so close to the majestic Victoria Falls, and nestled in a wonderland of natural African beauty, it’s no wonder that this lodge is so popular.

Their river house allows you to take your favourite people with you, sharing the 4-bed house. It also comes with your very own private safari guide and vehicle, so it’s basically a safari holiday JUST for you and your friends/family. I’m going to need some rich friends, though. This is one place that I would definitely prefer to be outside, watching the animals, going to Vic Falls, maybe a boat ride down the Zambezi River, I’d save my reading for nights, under the stars at the fire.

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Woodall Country House

The Addo Elephant Park has long been on my list of places to visit, and then I found this gorgeous country house, now I’d just love to go and live there forever. If they have good WiFi, that is.

Woodall is nestled on a citrus farm on the doorstep of the elephant park. Not only is the actual lodge a mix of old-world classic style, authentic African decor and pure luxurious comfort, but the onsite spa adds to the splendour. Like I said, I’d be happy to move here.

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Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

This lodge is the essence of luxury in the African bush. And it’s in South Africa so I may just be able to tick this one off my list first. I can just see myself grabbing a book from the lodge’s library, pouring a good glass of wine and settling in on the wooden deck to a quiet evening of luxury and rejuvenation.

The luxury suites boast breathtaking views of a waterhole, so you could literally wake up to views of elephants and other wildlife getting in their morning drink. A wake-up coffee date with nature – sounds divine.

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Diamonds Star of the East

Oh, Zanzibar… You have my heart. From the moment I started researching this tiny little island of gold, I fell in love. I absolutely cannot wait to one day arrive on its sandy shores and take in the magnificent views and culturally rich atmosphere.

Diamonds Star of the East is the most exclusive resort on the island and offers an amazing experience, so it would seem. They mention a 24hr assistant, which sounds like heaven to me, I hope they make coffee. There’s also a private beach, which is basically all I would ask for, I’m not one for close encounters of other visitors, so a private beach makes me hopeful that there will be a nice quiet spot to enjoy the views without loud voices and people running past every minute.

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Tanzania looks like such a wonderful place to visit, and after going to a travel conference at the beginning of the year and meeting some Tanzanian Safari lodge owners, I do believe they may be the friendliest nation. The Ngorongoro Crater is this large hole in the ground, surrounded by National Parks and frequented by large amounts of African Wildlife.

So this lodge is not only on my list for its authentic beauty but also because of its magnificent location. I cannot wait to spend a night in one of these fascinating mud-and-stick homestead style rooms.

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Londolozi Private Granite Suites

Even though this place is absolutely amazing, at almost R25000 per night, I feel like this may stay on my bucket list for a REALLY long time. Nevertheless, one day I do plan on enjoying their amazing views of the river while laying my comfy bed and enjoy my coffee to sounds of nature.

The private granite suites have a sunset river bar and a sunken cocktail lounge – yes I am aiming for luxury here. Watching elephants roam passed as I sip on an exotic cocktail (probably just a margarita actually) and the sun sets in the background sounds like the perfect evening to me.

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Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa

Seychelles is the only place I have ever been outside of South Africa. The catch is, I was 5. Barely big enough to my own shoes and I don’t remember ANYTHING. Most of my vague memories come from my mom retelling stories. So, of course, I’d love to head back to this island and check it out with adult eyes.

This resort specifically looks like it could make my trip a dream come true. Honestly, a night in ANY of their suites would be paradise on its own; but their Savoy penthouse looks like the exact places if I won a ton of money and wanted to spoil myself. It has got a rain shower, jacuzzi, your own little kitchen and what looks like a sun bed on the balcony – yes, please! I am starting to feel like I may do more reading than Game viewing in these places.

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So, there is my bucket list of the most luxurious African Safari lodges, perhaps one day soon I can start ticking these off. Do you have any safari lodges that you are dying to visit? Better yet, do you have a different type of bucket list? I think putting a bucket list together is a great way to motivate yourself. I like the idea of a bucket list when you are visiting a place, like “10 things to see in Zimbabwe”, it would definitely help me make the most of my visit.

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