End each day in the African wilderness bobbing about in a lodge pool with a cocktail in hand and looking at a breath-taking panoramic view.
A safari in Africa doesn’t have to be all about taking to the bush in search of wildlife. There is another side of the experience that balances out the excitement you’ll feel whilst in big game territory. Luxury lodges and camps understand that your wellbeing is an equally important part of your holiday – that’s why many use a swimming or plunge pool as part of cultivating a place of rest and relaxation for guests.
The best lodge pools are those with a picture-postcard view, which is why we’ve chosen to feature these particular pools.
Cottars’ 1920s Safari Camp – Kenya
Breakfast table set by the swimming pool with views of the Maasai Mara © Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp
Travel back to a time of stylish opulence when lodging at the award-winning Cottars’ 1920s Safari Camp and Bush Villa. Located in a 7000-acre private conservancy within the heart of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, guests at Cottars will enjoy prime wildlife viewing opportunities and a high chance of seeing all of the Big 5.
Guests staying at the modern Bush Villa will have exclusive access to a 25-metre-long swimming pool overlooking the savannah of the Maasai Mara National Reserve and set amidst the backdrop of the Olderkesi Hill. The classic safari camp has an inviting pool which is shared amongst just nine tents. The views from both pools are uninterrupted and during the dry season you can witness first-hand Africa’s Great Migration of about 1.5 million wildebeest, zebra and antelope.
At almost a century-old, Cottars continues to live up to its reputation of being one of the most well-established safari camps in Africa. From a pampering spa and plunge pools to excellent service amongst well thought out furnishings, guests will appreciate the special care taken during their stay at Cottars’ 1920s Safari Camp and Bush Villa.
Stanley Safari Lodge – Zambia
Sunset from a private plunge pool at Stanley Safari Lodge © Robin Pope Safaris
Stanley Safari Lodge is one of Robin Pope Safaris luxury lodges and is located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park approximately three kilometres up from the mighty Victoria Falls overlooking the Zambezi River. The 10 chalets at Stanley offer guests a traditional and intimate safari experience in one of Zambia’s most beautiful areas.
For guests seeking sunset views of the Victoria Falls’ spray and the long, winding Zambezi River, there are four sought-after suites that have private infinity pools and a deck or terrace area. The other six cottages all have a deck or terrace area, and two of these suites are open-plan, with one for a family group and the other for couples on honeymoon.
This part of Zambia offers travellers the chance to take fantastic cultural tours to a Mukuni Village as well as a historical tour to the Livingstone Museum. If adventure activities are a priority, guests can go on river safaris, white-water rafting and canoeing along the Zambezi River.
Molori Safari Lodge – South Africa
Misty mountains outlined against the South African sky © Molori Safari Lodge
In South Africa’s North Western Province bordering Botswana, Molori Safari Lodge caters to every need of the discerning safari aficionado. Situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, guests are treated to picturesque views of the Madikwe Valley and Dwarsberg Mountain from the comfort of their private deck.
Accompanying each suite’s deck is a plunge pool, from which you can soak in the view whilst sipping on a glass of chilled wine. The lodge pool in the main bar and entertainment area along with those in the presidential suites are lavish wrap-arounds and include a small heated pool. Families staying at the Sephiri Premier Suite can enjoy an infinity pool and comfortable daybeds to unwind after a day in the bush.
As a Super 7 game reserve, Madikwe offers fantastic game-viewing opportunities. Guests can participate in rhino tagging and wild dog expeditions, which track the animals from a helicopter. If that sounds too extreme, the Molori Safari Spa is the ultimate space in which to let go and relax.
Do you consider the perfect safari experience a good balance of both exhilarating bush encounters and downtime back at your camp? Let us help you plan a trip to Africa that will meet all your safari needs.