Pool at Singita Lebombo, South Africa, the Kruger

Modern African Safari Accommodation

While we love to get away from it all, and what better way to do so than on safari in the wilds of Africa, we are partial to holding onto some touches of contemporary life. How better to end a day of stalking game than returning to a sumptuous sanctuary decked out in the latest style and complete comfort – and our top modern safari lodgings provide just that, along with high-tec amenities, futuristic design and indulgences such as watching the big 5 from a lavish bubble bath. Read on to discover where you can get in on the finest modern-day safari action.

7 - GRANITE SUITES - South Africa, Sabi Sands


Sitting on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is Londolozi’s super chic and private Granite Suites. Each of the three suites are decked out in complete contemporary luxury with exposed stone walls, dark leather furniture and wide glass windows which give the rooms a cool and stylish edge. These materials are accompanied by indulgent touches of private infinity pools and fireplaces, promising utter comfort after a day of exciting game drives.

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6 - SINGITA LEBOMBO - South Africa, The Kruger

Based in the Big 5-rich Kruger Park, Singita Lebombo is an uber modern lodge with design pieces and a lovely and long pool and deck area. The cutting-edge flair of the accommodation starkly contrasts with the enveloping rugged bush land, views of which can be soaked up from the comfort of your suite thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows.

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5 - FISH RIVER LODGE Namibia, Fish River Canyon

Designed with a unique contemporary style, the private chalets here at Fish River Lodge enjoy jaw-dropping vistas of the remote and amazingly scenic Fish River Canyon. Built in an almost futuristic fashion, this eco-friendly lodge is adorned with new furnishings whilst outdoor showers, a relaxing pool and spa treatments are all provided.

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4 - CHINZOMBO LODGE - Zambia, South Luangwa National Park

Soft hues of greys and creams blend with sleek furnishings here at Chinzombo Lodge in South Luangwa, Zambia. The six modern and simple riverside villas provide plenty of comfort and space, while amenities offered include Wi-Fi, a spa, private plunge pools and exercise areas. Although slight nods are made to the history of the old safari with colonial luggage trunks gracing the rooms, Chinzombo certainly exudes contemporary style through its current architecture and amenities.

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3 - BOULDERS - South Africa, Sabi Sands

One of the all-time Kruger safari favourites, Boulders offers excellent service in an elegant and up-to-date design setting. Serene opulence is prevalent throughout the award-winning lodge from the private heated plunge pools to the relaxing spa and impressive wine cellar. What’s more, all twelve suites come with a list of lavish facilities including a fireplace, a game viewing deck, an iPod deck, air-conditioning and both indoor and outdoor showers.

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2 - EARTH LODGE - South Africa, Sabi Sands

Amber Suite exterior view, Earth Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

For an ultra-futuristic safari experience, head to Sabi Sabi’s Earth Lodge. Burrowed into the surrounding savannahs, this minimalist state-of-the-art hotel is environmentally sensitive and a far cry from your typical traditional bush camp. Instead, a sophisticated and innovative design is used here with striking natural wooden sculptures echoing the outdoor South African wilderness. What’s more, the modern architecture is complemented by modern luxuries including an art gallery, steam room and spa.

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1 - SINGITA FARU FARU LODGE - Tanzania, Singita Grumeti

The ultimate in deluxe, modern safari accommodation, Faru Faru Lodge is the place to stay for a truly memorable and sumptuous Serengeti experience. Aside from the spectacular game viewing with wildebeest and zebra casually wandering past your suite, exclusive modern-day extravagances such as a reading area and a Swarovski telescope are included in each room.

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