Best hotels and hostels in Africa

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Inner Delta

    Vumbura Plains Camp

    One of Wilderness Safaris' flagship properties, this regally luxurious twin camp is on the Duba Plains in the transition zone between the savannahs and swamps north of the delta. Although divided into north and south sections, with separate eating and other common areas, this is essentially a single lodge. It inhabits the Kwedi Concession and the wildlife viewing is superlative.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Eastern Delta

    Sandibe Safari Lodge

    This riverine forest retreat is the architectural jewel of the Okavango Delta, as well as one of the premier safari camps anywhere in Southern Africa. Service is warm and welcoming, the accommodation is exceptional in its style and comfort, and the location (next to the famed Chitabe concession) is one of the best anywhere in the delta.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Inner Delta

    Jao Camp

    Part of Wilderness Safaris' portfolio of premier camps, Jao is a special place that combines Asian style (the public areas and the rooms were inspired by a Balinese longhouse) with a very African feel (jackalberry and mangosteen trees, liberal use of thatch). Rooms are uberluxurious and the staff are extremely professional and attentive to your every need.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Príncipe

    Bom Bom Resort

    It's hard to find fault with this slice of tropical paradise, for while that term is highly overused, it does apply here. The resort has an extraordinary location encompassing both a coastal peninsula, where the bungalows are, and tiny Bom Bom island, where the bar-restaurant is. The two are connected by a 140m-long wooden bridge flanked by two gorgeous beaches.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Majete Wildlife Reserve

    Mkulumadzi Lodge

    Romantically reached by a suspension bridge over a croc-infested river, this extraordinary lodge is a fusion of African tradition and boutique chic. The eight chalets are artfully blended with the bush, with grass roofs, step-in rain showers and windows offering widescreen views of the Shire River as you flop in a sunken, candlelit bath.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Northern Coast

    Mucumbli

    STP's finest ecolodge is situated in a cliffside forest overlooking the sea. Nicely designed wooden bungalows offer plenty of space, light and dreamy views for two to four people. But it's hard to leave the dining area, with its coastal vista, convivial atmosphere and superb food (mains €6 to €12; visitors welcome). This is your launch pad for multiple itineraries, and great value.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cóbuè

    Nkwichi Lodge

    For setting, service, romance, proximity to nature and integration with the local community, Nkwichi Lodge can rival anywhere in Africa. Gracing the shores of Lake Niassa, its seven hand-crafted bungalows seem to spring naturally from the rocks and foliage, and come equipped with private outdoor baths and showers built into the bush. Several look out onto their own white-sand coves.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Frégate

    Fregate Island Private

    Perched on a hillside and patrolled by some of the island's 3500 free-roaming giant tortoises, this breathtaking resort is home to 16 elegant villas that each feature staggering water views, a large infinity pool, Jacuzzi, personal butler and no less than 400-sq-m of space to luxuriate in.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kipili

    Lake Shore Lodge & Campsite

    The universally praised Lake Shore Lodge & Campsite has beach chalets with a lovely open ‘African Zen’ design incorporating shells, sand, ropes, flowers and sun-bleached wood – it's an oasis of barefoot luxury. If this is outside your budget it also has garden bandas, which are a low-key version of the chalets, and camping with spotless bathrooms – something, indeed, for everyone.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North

    North Island

    It's easy to understand why North Island regularly features on lists of the world's top hotels. The natural island environment is staggeringly beautiful, as are the 11 ultra-luxurious villas that embrace it. Wrapped around private pools, each villa majestically juxtaposes smoothly hewn logs with glass, stone and flowing fabrics. The warmth and hospitality of staff, which includes a butler, is unparalleled.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Inner Delta

    Kwetsani Camp

    This highly recommended camp has the usual high levels of comfort, but there are some very special selling points. The recently overhauled rooms, elevated high above the water, are simply stunning, while the camp manager, Dan Myburg, is a top-class photographer who can help elevate your photography above the usual even in just a few days.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mbirikani Group Ranch

    Ol Donyo

    Welcome to what could just be our favourite place to stay in Kenya. Built onto the foothills of Chyulu Hills at the remote eastern reaches of the 1113-sq-km Mbirikani Group Ranch, Ol Donyo is a temple to good taste grafted onto one of the loveliest corners of Africa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Matusadona National Park

    Rhino Safari Camp

    One of the best camps in the country, this is remote, wild and everything you want from a safari experience. Its simplicity in design is genius; it blends beautifully into its surrounds, with sandy paths and a rustic charm mixed with subtle luxuries. The thatched, stilted chalets have magnificent views and delightful outdoor bathrooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Simien Mountains National Park

    Limalimo Lodge

    Now here's something really special – one of the best places to stay in Ethiopia. The location is the best in the Simiens, with incredible views from the terrace; the architect-designed look is clean-lined and contemporary, and the lodge supports local development projects and was built by members of the local community. Rooms are supremely comfortable with massive windows and lovely day beds.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Likoma Island

    Kaya Mawa

    Remember Scaramanga's pad in The Man with the Golden Gun? Kaya Mawa, set on an amber-coloured beach lapped by turquoise water, is the ultimate location to live out your inner Bond. Its cliffside chalets, cleverly moulded around the landscape, are so beautiful you'll never want to leave.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Segera Ranch

    Segera Retreat

    We can be difficult to impress, but this place left us speechless. Six villas and a couple of houses inhabit an oasis in the heart of the ranch, looking out onto the savannah, yet enclosed within their own natural compound that keeps dangerous animals out. The villas are utterly magnificent – spacious, luxurious in every way and steeped in safari tradition.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Siwa Oasis

    Adrère Amellal

    Backed by the dramatic White Mountain (called Adrère Amellal in Siwan language), this impeccable retreat lies in its own oasis, 13km from Siwa Town, with stunning views over Birket Siwa salt lake and the Great Sand Sea's dunes. It offers the ultimate in spartan-chic. Elegantly simple suites showcase traditional architecture techniques using kershef.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Olare-Orok Conservancy

    Mara Plains

    This utterly captivating camp has a dozen tents with beds and showers carved from old wooden railway sleepers and quality rugs lazing across the floors. The highlight for most, though, are the big, free-standing brass bathtubs overlooking a river of wallowing hippos. In keeping with Great Plains philosophy, the camp's footprint is minimal and could be removed without a trace.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Little Elephant Camp

    This dream safari camp features a few impeccable tents outfitted with grills and your own personal kitchen and living-room tent. Comfortable and ultraprivate, it's ideal for groups or families. Your hosts are a lovely Canadian couple who have thought out every old-school adventure detail from custom-made director's chairs to wooden trunks and open-air solar-heated showers fenced behind each tent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sabi Sand Game Reserve

    MalaMala Main Camp

    While very comfortable, Main Camp doesn't offer plunge pools, throw pillows or chic interiors. And it doesn't care – everything here is about providing ultimate wildlife experiences. Key is the relationship its guides have fostered with the animals over decades (MalaMala was the first photographic safari reserve in the country). At 135-sq-km, it also dwarfs the other reserves.