Game Show

2 minute read
Shoba Narayan

The silhouette of a lone acacia at sunset, the tremulous gaze of an impala: these are some of the pleasures of Africa, and you don’t have to go all Ernest Hemingway to experience them. New-generation game lodgeswith spas, designer accommodation and eco-friendly attitudesare mushrooming. The best seem to be in South Africa, where proximity to the giant Kruger National Park is a boon. Here are four failsafe choices. None are cheap, but all guarantee that you’ll see the “Big Five”lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, and rhinocerosesin contemporary style.

ULUSABA Sir Richard Branson’s foray into the world of big game is run with his usual flair. A kid’s club keeps tots happy while adults indulge in spa treatments. Daily game drives ensure that you’ll encounter more animals here than most people see in a lifetime.

SABI SABI The name comes from the Tsonga word for fear, but gun-toting rangers lend an air of quiet reassurance. In fact, the only fear you’re likely to have is of your credit-card bill, with nightly rates starting at $675 per person.

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LONDOLOZI Londolozi (meaning “protector of living things” in Zulu) has won many ecotourism awards, but water-conservation and recycling programs don’t involve cutting back on luxuryas you might deduce from the average price tag of $750 per person, per night.

SINGITA This ultra-exclusive lodge offers designer accommodation in stratospheric price rangesfrom $1,000 per night for a single room, to $3,700 for a cottage. The spa is excellent: ask for the Big Five treatment, in which two masseuses work on you at oncesublime.

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