Top 5 Luxury Lodges in SANParks

South African National Parks (SANParks) are home to some of the country's best wildlife and plants, making them a popular travel destination for both local and international travellers.

Most of South Africa's National Parks have overnight facilities with a variety of unrivalled accommodation in an array of habitats. To help you experience the best of the country's wildlife, First Car Rental has compiled a list of the Top 5 Luxury Lodges in 5 of South Africa's National Parks.

Gorah Elephant Camp

Gorah Elephant Camp, Addo Elephant National Park

Gorah Elephant Camp, a manor house with 11 thatched tents, offers sophisticated, 5-star accommodation within Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest National Park in South Africa. The thatched tents feature en-suite bathrooms, solar powered lighting, ceiling fans and private decks with panoramic views of the countryside. Other amenities at the camp include free Wi-Fi in the lobby, an outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor dining options, and daily game drives.

!Xaus Lodge

!Xaus Lodge, Kalagadi Transfrontier Park

!Xaus Lodge, owned by the Khomani San (Bushmen) and Mier communities, in the heart of Kalagadi Transfrontier Park, offers guests the chance to experience the unspoiled splendour of the desert landscape. Crafted to blend into the natural environment, !Xaus offers 4-star accommodation in 12 individual chalets, each with their own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and watering hole. Other amenities at the lodge include a swimming pool and a restaurant. Guests may also accompany Bushmen on guided walks.

Imbali Safari Lodge

Imbali Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park

Imbali Safari Lodge, an exclusive lodge in the world-renowned Kruger National Park, offers 5-star accommodation in 12 spacious suites. Each of the suites at Imbali, decorated in neutral colours, are comfortably furnished and feature stone and marble bathrooms, and private patios with a plunge pool and magnificent views of the wilderness. Other amenities include game drives and bush walks, and traditional high tea.

Marataba Safari Lodge

Marataba Safari Lodge, Marakele National Park.

Marataba Safari Lodge, located within Marakele National Park with views of the Waterberg Mountains, offers guests luxury accommodation in 15 elegant tented suites.Each of the canvas and stone suites are tastefully decorated and feature a king-sized bed, dressing room, en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, and a furnished viewing deck. Standard activities at Marataba include game drives, bush walks, wildlife lectures and stargazing.

Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge

Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge, Table Mountain National Park

Located at the base of Chapman's Peak in Table Mountain National Park, Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge offers guests 5-star accommodation overlooking the picturesque Hout Bay harbour. Each of the 11 elegantly furnished suites at Tintswalo are individually decorated to pay tribute to the beauty of nature. The suites, situated on the ocean''s edge with magnificent views, offer supreme comfort for a memorable stay. Other facilities at the lodge include a bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi and a swimming pool.

SAN Parks Week

During Tourism Month, SANParks hosts its annual SA National Parks Week, which grants free access to most of the 21 national parks for day visitors. In 2018, SANParks Week takes place from 10-14 Spetember.

Click here for more info on SANParks Week 2018.

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