Top Ten Luxury
South African Safari Lodges
Where do the world's best soccer stars and their WAGS retire for some R'n'R when it's time to hang up their FIFA World Cup boots? Home to the Big Five, South Africa's extraordinary wildlife viewing is matched by some pretty impressive lodges, well equipped to handle the discerning demands and designer style of its high profile guests. Here's our pick of the top ten.
Debbie Neilson-Hunter, 12/7/10
Pioneer Camp, Londolozi
Pioneer Camp, Londolozi
Tick off elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard with ease and enviable style at Londolozi.
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Royal Malewane
Royal Malewane
I fancy it's like watching a 3D safari film from within palace walls - seriously!
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Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Heaven to Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson is either gazing at the amazing panorama of the Sabi Sand bushveld and Drakensburg Mountains, 800ft (243m) up from the deck of spectacular Rock Lodge or sitting pretty in a luxury tree house while the wild world passes by.
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Granite Suites, Londolozi
Granite Suites, Londolozi
 These three very private suites (which can booked individually or exclusively) blend into their riverine forest and rocky riverfront location almost seamlessly thanks to the beautiful timber and stonework
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Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe
Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe
Another of Kwandwe's luxury attractions is Ecca lodge but it's far removed from the classic Out of Africa experience you may have come to expect. 
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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
Lion Sands Ivory Lodge
The stunning Ivory lodge was created in 2004 following a flood which wiped out two of Lion Sand's original camps beside the Sabie River which flows between the private game reserve and Kruger National Park. 
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Ebony Lodge, Singita
Ebony Lodge, Singita
Imagine sitting in a bathtub with bubbles up to your neck. Then as you reach for the soap (or glass of champers), movement in the corner of your eye shifts your focus outside where two elephants are also splashing about in the nearby river.
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Kwandwe Melton Manor
Kwandwe Melton Manor
The reserve is slightly different from its peers because much of the wildlife has been restored to land once cleared for farming. 
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Tintswalo Presidential Suite
Tintswalo Presidential Suite
Overlooking a much visited waterhole within a sycamore grove on the private Manyeleti reserve concession (adjacent to Kruger) you'll find Tintswalo Safari Lodge.
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Zuka Lodge, Phinda
Zuka Lodge, Phinda
Within the KwaZulu natal, the Phinda Private Game Reserve is special, not only for its great wildlife viewing, including the Big Five and the rare black rhino, but its diversity of habitats.
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