For many, an African safari is the adventure of a lifetime, and a dream come true for experienced travelers. But safaris have come a long way since Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa, instead of outdoor canvas tubs and pup tents, your accommodations can be the high point of your trip.
Naturally, we want to make sure that wherever we stay, there’s a chance of donning our MINX bikini and going for a dip! With that in mind, we present to you our top finds for Africa’s best safari lodge pools.
Eagles Crag Lodge, Shamwari Game Reserve, Easter Cape
This luxury safari lodge has all the amenities you require, surrounded by the stunning environs of the Shamwari Game Reserve. And your suite at the Eagles Crag Lodge features a private plunge pool, which means your MINX bikini is optional! There’s nothing better after a long day of gazing at Africa’s natural wonders.
Ecca Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Safari? What safari? We can’t hear you over the sound of us being pampered here at Ecca Lodge. From the sumptuous interior colors to the teak lounge chairs to the open kitchen, library and private plunge pool, we can’t imagine why you’d ever want to leave!
Loisaba Lodge, Laikipia Plateau
At the Losaiba Lodge, your wish is their command. You can spend the day horseback riding before jumping into the pool to rest your weary body, then ask to have a special outdoor bed set up on your private deck to sleep under the African sky’s billions of stars. Perhaps the most blissfully hedonistic lodge on our list.
Xudum Lodge, Okavango Delta
This tranquil, secluded escape is the perfect romantic retreat. And although it’s not the most sophisticated pool amenity on our list, its raw sensuality definitely ranks first in pure sex appeal - helped along by the fact that it’s the most private plunge pool we’ve ever seen.
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, Lake Manyara National Park
Being the only safari lodge inside Lake Manyara National Park means that you’re able to experience an exclusive side of your safari adventure. Whether that means carefully curated game watching, private sunset cocktails or simply a day off lounging by the pool, there’s no other experience like it in Tanzania.
Sasaab Camp, Samburu
You don’t even have to leave your exquisitely appointed tent at Sasaab to view both the flora and fauna found here in the foothills of Mount Kenya. Except, of course, you want to dive into the equally luxurious pool located in the main activity area. It’s a refreshing change from the outdoor pools usually found, and will revitalize you to start another day on the plains!
Luxury Bush Camp, Okonjima
The thatched roofs of the chalets at Bush Camp belie the luxury contained within - full amenities, comfortable lounge areas, and even WiFi! And we defy you to resist the temptations of their secluded, oversized plunge pool, where you can watch the sunset under an enormous African sky while floating away the early evening hours.
Sossusvlei Lodge, Sossusvlei Desert Reserve
Indulgence is the word that will be on the tip of your tongue during your stay here. Whether it’s taking a refreshing dip in the pool, lounging in bed looking up through the skylight or feasting on a gourmet meal, you’ll never forget your time spent here.
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