A landmark hotel conveniently located next to South Africa’s busiest airport, this is a consistent favorite among safari travelers seeking a removed and relaxed setting while passing through Johannesburg.
Southern Sun O.R. Tambo Airport
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport enjoys an exceptionally convenient location next door to South Africa’s busiest airport. A complimentary shuttle whisks you to the hotel upon arrival. A landmark hotel in the area, it remains a consistent favorite among safari travelers passing through Johannesburg who appreciate its removed and relaxed setting in the midst of the busy airport environs. Though the hotel is located so near the airport, it offers a peaceful night’s sleep without disturbances from airport noise or nearby traffic.
A wide selection of spacious guest room types are furnished to include every modern convenience and amenity. Rooms have one king or two queen beds, Wi-Fi, television, charging points and en suite bathrooms with either a bathtub or walk-in shower. The popular Bernoulli’s Restaurant has earned praise for is its exceptional service and high-quality international cuisine. Diners may choose from a buffet or a wide la carte selection of Mediterranean-style dishes, while the attractive wine bar with a world-class wine list is the perfect setting for a post-flight or pre-dinner drink. There is also a gym, business center, and an unheated outdoor pool for those with a bit of extra time to relax. As a pre- or post-adventure layover location, the Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel is an excellent choice.
Blending perfectly with the natural surroundings, eight comfortable tents with private outdoor baths are tucked into the trees for an authentic safari experience close to animals and far from crowds.
Mashatu Tented Camp
Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana
Mashatu Tented Camp blends in so perfectly with its natural surroundings that you might miss it if you blink. It is the perfect choice for those who seek an intimate and authentic safari experience close to animals and far from crowds. Eight comfortable and spacious tents are privately tucked beneath the branches of enormous trees. Each tent includes an outdoor, yet very private, bathroom with shower. Guests love Mashatu for its casual, low-key atmosphere, which is conducive to camaraderie and relaxation. Meals are served in the open-air thatched gazebo, or in the outdoor boma overlooking a floodlit waterhole, where a variety of different species is spotted on a regular basis. A refreshing plunge pool provides welcome relief from the midday heat, especially during the summer months. An afternoon spent in the hide near the waterhole, enjoying some truly close encounters with the local wildlife, is an experience not to be missed.
A remote luxury safari lodge inside the vast Makuleke Contractual Park, one of South Africa’s last true wilderness areas. The unabashedly contemporary design boasts 12 modern suites and panoramic views.
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Outpost is exactly that: a remote luxury safari lodge that lies within the Makuleke Contractual Park, a vast wilderness area bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Mozambique. One of the few true wilderness areas left in South Africa, Makuleke (also known as Pafuri) is home to more than 80 percent of Kruger's biodiversity. The Outpost has been designed with simple, clean lines, combining steel, concrete and open space in an unabashedly contemporary design that blends into its wild surroundings. Accommodation consists of 12 modern stand-alone, open-plan luxury suites, all with en suite facilities and panoramic views of the river and bush below.
Guests will enjoy game drives and walking safaris in one of the most scenic and diverse wilderness areas in the Kruger. The mosaic of landscapes includes stunning mountains, deep gorges, forests of yellow-tinged fever trees, monolith baobabs, mopane woodland and open savanna. Wildlife here is abundant, with less common species not present in the more heavily visited southern and central regions of the park. In addition to large herds of elephant and buffalo, guests will also be able to see nyala, an antelope distinct to this sector of the park, and more than 350 recorded bird species.
Named for an architect of blending tourism and conservation, this elegant oasis is a testament to that commitment. On the Msuthlu River banks, six exquisite safari suites showcase modern African flair.
Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Sabi Sabi is one of the original architects of attaining the fine balance between tourism and conservation, and Sabi Sabi's Little Bush Lodge is a testament to that commitment. Set among majestic native trees on the banks of the Msuthlu River, a seasonal tributary of the great Sabi River, the lodge is an elegant oasis for those who appreciate remote yet luxurious locales, blending the finest in accommodations seamlessly with its wild African setting. Just six suites are impeccably appointed with every amenity, incorporating a contemporary African flair with classic safari ambience. Each thatched chalet features en suite facilities, indoor/outdoor showers and a private deck for secluded relaxing. After an early morning wake-up with hot tea, guests enjoy adventures into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, a contiguous private concession adjacent to Kruger National Park. After an exciting safari outing, return to camp to enjoy the swimming pool, a private drink on your veranda, or a relaxing interlude with a book in the lounge. No matter what you do, you'll feel comfortably at home in this magnificent camp, under the guidance of some of South Africa’s finest wildlife conservationists.