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5 of the most luxurious places to stay in Africa

Dreaming of a luxury escape to this incredible continent? If so, you’re in luck as we’re ranking the top five most luxury places to stay in Africa.

By Natasha Heard  |  July 26, 2022
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World-renowned for its breath-taking landscapes, incredible wildlife, and diverse culture, the continent of Africa should be on everyone’s bucket list. Boasting vibrant cities, vast plains, and majestic mountainous regions, Africa offers something unique for every kind of traveller.

If you want to experience a life of luxury during your stay, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to five-star resorts and glamorous hotels, read on for five of the finest places to stay in Africa.

andBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge, Tanzania a private beach paradise

An exclusive and private beach paradise just off the coast of Zanzibar, andBeyond Mnemba Island Lodge is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious places to stay in Africa. With a romantic and private feel, sleeping just 24 guests across 12 luxury ‘bandas’, you can enjoy a true escape from reality here. Located just an hour from Stone Town, one of the most beautiful cities in Africa, you also won’t be too far from the heart of the action.

With breakfast delivered to your banda and romantic candlelit dinners on the beach, guests are well catered for. And with a range of wellness-focused activities and water adventures, what more could you ask for at this picturesque resort?

Address: andBeyond Mnemba Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Azura Benguerra, Mozambique ‒ a multi-award-winning resort

Idyllic tropical beach with white sand, turquoise ocean water and blue sky in Mozambique Africa

Enjoy a slice of island life in Mozambique with the award-winning Azura Retreats. Surrounded by pure white sand beaches that extend for miles in the distance, you can make the most of the peaceful and private setting here.

Made up of just 20 villas, each with its own private pool and butler-host to look after your every need, you can truly enjoy a life of luxury here. Guests can even enjoy the luxury African spa facilities and make the most of the range of activities available on the island. Having been consistently recognised as one of the most luxury hotels in the world, there is no denying Azura Bengurra is a must-visit for those looking to enjoy the ultimate luxury escape.

Address: Benguerra Island, Mariano, Mozambique

Elewana Tarangire Treetops, Tanzania ‒ a true escape to the wild

Offering private villas nestled among the branches of 1,000-year-old trees, Elewana Tarangire Treetops is certainly one to watch out for.

Perfectly located at the border of Tarangire National Park, this resort offers 20 rooms elevated above the ground to offer views of the picturesque surroundings. With large bedrooms and exotic double shower en suite bathrooms, you can enjoy all of your creature comforts at this luxury hideaway. Dining here is an experience you’ll never forget, too. Just imagine enjoying a delicious meal by the pool when various local wildlife comes to drink at the Lodge water hole.

Address: Hifadhi ya Tarangire, Tanzania

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda ‒ offering something for everyone

Set among miles of stunning eucalyptus trees and not far from Volcanoes National Park, home to mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and over 300 bird species, this is the ultimate tranquil escape.

One&Only Gorilla’s Nest has a great focus on supporting and enriching the local area, encouraging visitors to truly embrace the majestic surroundings. Drawing from ancient African wisdom, the resort also offers a range of spiritual and wellness activities that offer you the chance to embrace your personal development. Meanwhile, if you want to get out and enjoy some exhilarating fun, the hotel also offers guided hikes and mountain biking sessions in the local area.

Address: Nyonirima, Kinigi, Ruhengeri, Rwanda

The Oyster Box, South Africa ‒ one of the best luxury places to stay in Africa

This award-winning five-star luxury boutique hotel and spa in South Africa is part of Leading Hotels of the World, meaning guests can rely on luxury and comfort.

Set on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic lighthouse, The Oyster Box is ideally located for those who want an escape by the water. Guests can relax in the hotel’s individually decorated rooms and enjoy a rejuvenating afternoon at the award-winning spa set amid tropical gardens. The hotel also offers a range of fantastic restaurants and bars, each with their own individual mouth-watering menus and focuses on a number of sustainability initiatives, meaning you can rest assured your stay isn’t negatively impacting the environment.

Address: 2 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga, 4319, South Africa