Luxury in the bush: Southern Africa’s most desirable designer Lodges – Part II

“This is week two of celebrating dreamy designer lodges throughout Southern Africa. Today, we shift our focus beyond local borders to some of the brightest shining stars on the African continent. Brace yourself for some serious style! ”

“This is week two of celebrating dreamy designer lodges throughout Southern Africa. Today, we shift our focus beyond local borders to some of the brightest shining stars on the African continent. Brace yourself for some serious style! ”

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If you fantasise about getting away from it all for a romantic weekend or even a stylish family holiday, be sure to indulge the teaser information and gorgeous photographs in this blog post about Southern Africa’s top designer lodges.  Travel Concepts will take care of your every need to ensure your experience is as luxurious as the facilities and frills these lodges so proudly offer.

Madikwe Private Game Reserve – North West, South Africa

Molori Safari Lodge

Molori’s vision combines local décor and design with international style and boasts an abundance of relaxation areas from which to enjoy the vast African landscape and the roaming wildlife.  In addition to an extraordinary game viewing experience, the lodge offers you absolute privacy, an authentic connection to your surroundings, and the finest in culinary and spa services.

What we love:

  • The lodge is intimate and boasts only five suites with interiors by Kirk Lazarus.
  • Each suite has its own infinity pool, telescope and IPod docking station – just to mention a few amenities.
  • WIFI is available throughout the lodge and laptops are available on request.
  • Molori offers a VIP airport handling service.

Kalahari – Northern Cape, South Africa

Tswalu Private Game Reserve

Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, covering an area of over 100,000 hectares.  The suites are built of local stone, rich red clay and traditional Kalahari thatch.  Recently redesigned by world-renowned Boyd Ferguson, they define an elegant, barefoot luxury. Conde Nast Traveller has the following to say: “A style has evolved in southern Africa of safari chic, which involves a fusion of African artefacts and art with very contemporary furniture. Nowhere I have seen does it as well as Tswalu.”

What we love:

  • The daily flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg to the reserve.
  • Your dedicated compliment of field guides and butlers allow you to choose how you would like to spend your day.
  • The indoor and outdoor showers, direct dial phones, WIFI and broadband throughout the lodge.
  • The state of the art spa and gym facilities.


Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Ecca Lodge

Forget jodhpurs, pith helmets or stiff upper lips – Ecca Lodge is youthful, relaxed, modern and trendy.  Emblazoned with giant Warhol-like prints, retro light fittings and shades of olive, rust and burnt orange, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a funky cosmopolitan penthouse, until you step outside that is.   Blessed with breathtaking views over an Acacia, Aloe and Spekboom-studded valley, this funky lodge with a laid-back vibe offers the perfect wildlife experience for the young at heart.

What we love:

  • A fusion of contemporary and collectable furnishings.
  • The large suites furnished with private plunge pools, WIFI and air-conditioning.
  • The interactive kitchen for mealtime fun.
  • Spacious guest areas with fire places, a study, children’s play centre and inviting infinity pool.


NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge consists of ten glass and stone desert villas cradled against the ancient mountains.  Each air conditioned suite comes with a split level sitting area and fireplace, star-viewing skylight above the bed, en-suite bathroom with a shower, as well as an outdoor shower.  Private verandas and spotting scopes allow guests to make the most of the impressive desert view.  Choose from scenic drives in open 4×4 Safari vehicles, quad biking and nature walks to stargazing and desert picnic excursions.  Hot air balloon and flight safaris are also available at additional cost.

What we love:

  • The luxurious, modern designed furnishings.
  • Sophisticated stargazing with a professional astronomer and Quad bike explorations of the dunes with expert guides.
  • Excursions to Sossusvlei – some of the world’s highest sand dunes and desert dining in summer.
  • The wine cellar, infinity pool, outside cocktail bar and stylish lounge areas.


Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Bilila Lodge Villas

The Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value. With more than two million wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelle, and a 250,000 zebra, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. The wildebeest and zebra form the star cast of a unique spectacular, the annual Serengeti migration. Serengeti in English translates as “endless plains.”

What we love:

  • Unobstructed views of the Serengeti from the big glass windows.
  • All rooms are spacious with private terraces, air conditioning, high-speed internet, TV with satellite television channels, four poster beds decked with mosquito net, an infinity pool, kitchenette and butler service.
  • Elevated walkways throughout the lodge offer highest security aspects for the guests.
  • Facilities for meetings, incentives, conferences and private events.