With 27 safaris under our belt over the last 25 years, we feel like we have some idea of what the best safari in South Africa is! At the very least, here are three favourites that tick all the boxes – incredible spotting of wildlife, simple but delicious food, and comfortable accommodation. We have done the research, experienced them all and compared, contrasted, and considered the costs – whittling it down to these absolute winners.

If you have never been on safari, start with South Africa. If you have been on safari there, go again! You cannot go past South Africa. With a safari industry that has been around longer than it has in the rest of Africa, they are truly the aspirational leaders in a competitive field. Cover photo GCR.

: Sabi Sands. Private Concession
Standard  Relais and Chateaux Luxury. Pioneer Camp, Varty Camp, Founders Camp and Tree Camp (adults only), Private Granite Suites
Sightings: Big Five and more
Game Drives: 2 a day with guide and tracker
Food: Superb, homely, delicious and healthy
Interiors: Classic contemporary by Yvonne O’Brien dotted with furniture and accessories from Cecile & Boyd (the exceptional South African Interior Designers referred to in our Craving What We Love section of the GCR website.)

GCR Star Rating out of 10/10
What sets it apart? Faultless in every way.

We were happy to see Londolozi selected and answered GCR’s question about “the quintessential safari Photo” on their blog, which you can read here.

Pioneer Camp

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londo white bedroom

Tree Camp (No children)

londo tree bedroom

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Founders Camp

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Varty Camp

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Private Granite Suites (Top Level)

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Area: Timbavati Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa, Private Concession
Standard: Luxury Tented Safari Camp ALSO Tanda Tula Field Camp authentic glamourous camping for walking safaris.
Sightings: Big 5 and huge variety of all wildlife.
Game Drives: 2 a day, guide and tracker.
Food: Excellent homely comfort food. Highlight being the full English bush breakfasts.
Interiors: Luxury Tents with bucket showers

GCR Star Rating out of 10/10
What sets it apart? The authentic yet comfortable safari tents and exceptional guides(ask for Dale) and trackers.

Safari Camp

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Field Camp
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Area: Singita Kruger National Park , South Africa, 33000 acres of exclusive Private Concession , on the south eastern border of Kruger National Park close to the Mozambique border.
Standard: Luxury luxury luxury !
Sightings: Teaming with game and a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Game Drives: 2 a day, guide and tracker.
Food: 5 star restaurant quality. Excellent.
Interiors: Luxury loft style suites. Stylish contemporary modern feel.

GCR Star Rating out of 10 / 10
What sets it apart? The exclusive access to thousands of acres of spectacular country with exceptional guides.

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