Looking for a luxury safari lodge for that once-in-a-lifetime safari holiday, or a luxury boutique hotel to return to after a long game drive?  Lulu has chosen the best luxury safari lodges and small hotels for that boutique hotel experience after a day tracking the Big Five. Why not combine a stay in the Tanzanian Arusha Coffee Lodge, Tarangire Treetopsand or The Manor at Ngorongoro with an Elewana Sky Safari? Or observe the tigers, leopards and monkeys around Sher Bagh on the edge of the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan? The collection also includes Serai Jaisalmer, an Indian luxury camp and spa in the Great Thar Desert. Go on a camel safari, have sundowners on the sand dunes and visit the Jasisalmer Fort.

If South Africa is high on your safari hit list, then consider one of our luxury safari camps in the Kruger National Park:Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge on the Sabi Sand reserve (if you want to push the boat out, stay in Chitwa House which has its own private butler and dedicated ranger) and the highly exclusive, colonial splendid Royal Malewane. Between them, they offer special children’s activities (basic lessons in bush skills, mould-making from animal tracks, face painting), game viewing from the deck and a chance to visit the Cheetah and Endangered Wildlife Breeding Project.

Kenya is another popular safari destination and Joy’s Camp in the Shaba National Reserve is one of the most breathtaking around. It’s famous for the work of the late Joy Adamson (naturalist and author of Born Free) and the camp is located on the site of her original camp where you can watch an unbelievable amount of game drinking from the watering hole as you sit, relaxing at the bar. If you’re in Kenya to learn about the Masai Mara, then look into spending a few nights at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp. It’s a real part of the Mara community and with silver service, butlers and cream canvas tents it feels like stepping back in time.

Our luxury safari camps in Tanzania include Onsea House B&B (it’s a perfect base for safari game drives in the Arusha National Park as well as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro), Serengeti Migration Camp, which is ideally located right on the migration path (so expect to see wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and gazelles, among other animals) and The Retreat Selous where you can combine watching hippos in the river with pampering spa treatments and relaxing in the infinity pool.

Finally, for something completely different, why not stay at the Galapagos Safari Camp on the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to see an abundance of birds, from warblers to egrets and other wildlife such as tortoises. Check out the Chic Retreats collection of small boutique hotels, luxury safari lodges and boutique safari camps from Tanzania to Ecuador and book your luxury safari trip.


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diani beach, kenya

AfroChic Diani is a newly opened luxury lodge on the Kenyan coast. This beautiful boutique villa has just 10 suites and is perfect for a relaxing stay after a safari. A peaceful hotel by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.


arusha, tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge is a luxury lodge located by the towering Mount Meru in Tanzania. Nestled amid coffee bushes and lavender plants, this luxury bolthole is a great place from which to embark on a memorable journey through Arusha National Park. 


kruger national park, south africa

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge is a luxury safari lodge on the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park. Harmoniously blending with the African bush, get right up close to nature in this luxurious family-run retreat.



Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is a seriously exclusive safari camp in Kenya and the place to go when you want to experience what the Mara is really about. Every guide is highly qualified and each safari is designed for the individual. "The perfect place to combine the wild life and the high life. Cottar’s Safari Camp is a very intimate, very invigorating way of seeing Africa.” Tatler Travel Guide



With only 8 luxury canvas tents Elephant Pepper Camp in Northern Mara, Kenya offers guests an authentic bush safari experience with the spirit of a rustic boutique hotel.  This Chic Retreat is in the perfect location to explore the globally famous Masai Mara ecosystem.


meru, kenya

Elsa’s Kopje is one of the most elegant boutique lodge’s in Africa. It is located inside Meru National Park on a hill just above the camp made famous by George and Joy Adamson (and of course Elsa the lioness). This Chic Retreat has 11 luxury boutique cottages- all are unique and have been cleverly shaped to blend into the spectacular setting.



Galapagos Safari Camp provides an authentic inland experience by offering luxury safari tents in an exclusive natural environment, both as an alternative or in addition to a sea-based travel itinerary.



Hatari Lodge is a stunning luxury hotel situated on the edge of the vast Arusha National Park. This chic retreat, converted from traditional farm buildings, has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, fertile rainforests and incredible wildlife.



Joy’s Camp is the ultimate Chic Retreat for the discerning safari traveller.  Situated on the Shaba Reserve in Northern Kenya this tented camp has 10 amazingly chic luxury tents and the heart and soul of an exclusive nomadic boutique hotel. 



Lewa Safari Camp is a classic style safari camp hidden away in one of Kenya’s most exciting wilderness areas near Mount Kenya.  This beautiful Chic Retreat has only 12 boutique luxury tents and offers outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities.  



Machweo Retreat is sister boutique hotel and neighbouring property to award-winning Onsea House in Arusha. This Chic Retreat is a fine dining and wellness experience and the perfect base for your safari holiday.



Onsea House is the best luxury b & b in Arusha, Tanzania. This little gem offers some of the best food & highest level of comfort & service in Tanzania and is the perfect base for safari. Nominated for the 'Best Safari House' Award 2010.

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