by Anja du Plessis
Africa, with its diverse landscapes and incredible wildlife, has always been a top destination for travelers seeking a unique and unforgettable experience. In 2024, the continent is set to welcome some remarkable new lodges that promise to take your African adventure to the next level. From Botswana‘s enchanting wilderness to Mozambique’s pristine shores, these lodges offer a perfect blend of luxury and nature.
Botswana has long been loved for its unparalleled safari experiences on offer. The collaboration between Atzaró and African Bush Camps is set to further elevate the country’s luxury lodge offerings. Located in the center of the delta, the Atzaró Okavango Camp is an exclusive African lodge surrounded by lagoons and waterways. Explore the famed delta while enjoying the atmosphere and luxury of a true safari from a bygone era. This lavish Botswana safari lodge will captivate you with its twelve suites, each featuring a private pool, shared lounge, restaurant, bars, wine cellar, fully equipped wellness center, gym, terraces, and expansive main pool. The superb service, range of activities, and gourmet offerings are sure to make for an unforgettable stay when this lodge opens in March 2024.
The Ycona Luxury Resort in Zanzibar brings a wealth of opulence to the spice island paradise. Nestled amidst palm trees and azure waters, the resort offers exquisite villas and world-class amenities. The resort boasts a total of four restaurants, a beach lounge, and a pool, along with both spice and botanical gardens. The over-water gym and private lake are sure to tempt water lovers, while the sheer size of the resort means ultimate privacy for guests. A beautiful spa and long, quiet stretches of prime beachfront location round out the experience of luxury and tranquility in Zanzibar. A range of villas are available to suit all guises of travelers, from family-friendly configurations to more remote honeymoon villas and even pet-friendly areas.
Mozambique’s untouched coastline and pristine marine life have always been a hidden gem for discerning travelers. The Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira, set to open in 2024, combines Mozambique’s natural beauty with luxurious living. Situated on the private island of Ilha Caldeira off the coast of Mozambique, Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira will offer 40 private pool villas with stunning oceanfront views of the pristine Indian Ocean. The Banyan tree group is well known for crafting their signature blend of sustainability, mindfulness, and serenity at all their properties.
This African lodge offers overwater villas with panoramic ocean views, private pools, and easy access to some of the world’s best diving and snorkeling spots. Expect world-class hospitality and unparalleled marine adventures, along with a wellness center and spa, a kids club, a marine center, and much more, for a truly luxurious retreat of the senses.
Set within the incredible natural wonder of Botswana’s renowned Moremi Game Reserve, Natural Selection’s Tawana camp promises to provide an unparalleled exploration of the Okavango Delta and the broader northern wilderness habitat. This eco-conscious African lodge allows guests to reconnect with nature without compromising on comfort. Tawana offers excellent game-viewing opportunities, conservation-focused activities, and beautifully designed accommodations. As with all Natural Selection Camps, your time spent here will be hyper-personalized to open your eyes to the wonder of the area and to engage with the surroundings in authentic, memorable ways. It’s the ultimate eco-friendly escape that promotes responsible tourism in Africa.
Early in 2024, Volcanoes Safaris, which has been leading the way in gorilla and chimpanzee ecotourism in Uganda and Rwanda for the last 25 years, will launch its fifth resort, Kibale Lodge. For those seeking a different African lodge experience, Kibale Lodge is a must-visit. The lodge will be centered on the breathtaking ridge above Lake Lugembe, with views over the Queen Elizabeth plains and the Kazinga channel to one side and the snow-covered peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains (Mountains of the Moon) towards the west.
The lodge is located near Kibale National Park in Uganda, home to around 1,500 chimpanzees, one of the largest chimpanzee communities in Africa. This new addition enhances the current network of great ape lodges operated by Volcanoes Safaris, making it ideal for those whose wishlist contains chimpanzees. While a little less luxurious than the other lodges on this list, for those seeking the life-changing experience of engaging with our genetic cousins authentically, this is the lodge in Africa to book. It will provide a smooth safari experience that takes visitors across Rwanda and Uganda to witness the rare gorillas, chimpanzees, and other animals of the Albertine Rift.
Africa’s allure as a top travel destination continues to grow, and the opening of these new lodges in 2024 is a testament to the continent’s unwavering appeal. From the wilds of Botswana to the exotic shores of Zanzibar, these lodges offer unique and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast, a beach lover, or an eco-conscious traveler, these lodges cater to a diverse range of tastes and interests. Make 2024 the year you embark on an African adventure and discover the beauty and luxury that await.