Fodor’s Travel has a long and trusted history in bringing us expert travel advice and writing some of our favourite travel guides. They released their Best Hotels in the World 2020 list and there are some unbelievable hotels and lodges on every continent. Chosen for the experience given to guests as well as location and décor, these hotels will inspire and amaze you. We took a closer look at the Best Hotels in Africa, 7 of which are in Southern and East Africa. These safari lodges and hotels are all incredibly unique in their offering, some in the most spectacular game viewing locations in the world and all ensure guests leave Africa with a smile on their faces and memories to last a lifetime.
We explore the 7 hotels in Southern and East Africa that made it onto the list for 2020.
Angama Mara, Masai Mara | Kenya
Angama Mara perches on a ridge overlooking the vast Masai Mara reserve. Witness the great wildebeest migration from July through to October from Angama Mara. This modern and sophisticated Kenya safari lodge offers an elegant and timeless safari experience. The lodge was built to ensure that the vistas are front and centre where ever you are. Each canvas and thatch suite has floor to ceiling glass windows and doors leading out to a private deck, inspired in décor by the local Masai culture, with vibrant colours and Afrochic fixtures. A photographic studio and professional photographer are on hand to assist guests in editing and printing their images. Offering superlative cuisine, outstanding service, Angama Mara is a fantastic lodge to visit for an African Safari.
Little Mombo, Okavango Delta| Botswana
Deep in the wildlife-rich Moremi Game Reserve lies Little Mombo. This intimate camp is sister to Mombo Camp and overlooks a floodplain at the top of Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta. Newly renovated, Little Mombo offers a year-round exceptional safari experience. Running off solar power, Little Mombo is eco friendly and self-sustaining. The beautiful suites overlook the active floodplain, each with a private deck, en suite bathrooms with an indulgent tub. Activities include twice-daily game drives, a photo hub, a spa and more. This part of the Okavango Delta was part of a large Wilderness Safaris Rhino conservation program and guests can learn more about this important initiative in camp. Decadent meals, superb service and attention to detail ensure guests leave Little Mombo with a lifetime of memories.
Victoria Falls Hotel, Victoria Falls | Zimbabwe
Affectionately know as the Grand Dame, The Victoria Falls Hotel is one of the most iconic hotels in Africa. Overlooking the Victoria Falls Bridge and within walking distance of the Falls, The Victoria Falls Hotel is a wonderful base to explore all the Victoria Falls has to offer. Experience old-world colonial charm and luxury, staying in a range of elegantly furnished rooms and suites. Dine at the Livingstone Room or enjoy a decadent afternoon high tea on the terrace with the beautiful gardens and the thunder from the falls in the background.
Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast | Namibia
One of the most unique lodges in the world, Shipwreck Lodge is located on an inhospitable stretch of Nambian coastline, The Skeleton Coast. Built to resemble the shipwrecks that litter the coast, Shipwreck Lodge offers a remote and surreal desert experience. Each suite is solar-powered, has a wood-burning fireplace and uninterrupted views over the Atlantic Ocean. Days are spent exploring the coast and the desert, stopping at the Mowe Bay seal colony and visiting some of the bigger ships that have washed up on the shore over the last few centuries. Full day game drives towards the Hoanib River allow guests a chance to spot the rare desert-adapted lions, elephants and other animals that make this barren landscape their home. This unique and luxurious experience is not to be missed.
One&Only Nyungwe House, Nyungwe Forest | Rwanda
Nestled in a working tea plantation, One&Only Nyungwe House overlooks the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda. One of the largest rainforests in Africa, Nyungwe Forest is home to chimpanzees and colobus monkeys along with other primates, fauna and flora. Chimpanzee trekking and a wellness retreat are the main drawcards of One&Only Nyungwe House. Beautifully built with influences from Rwandan tradition and ensuring the natural beauty of the land is front and centre, both the main lodge and each of the rooms take in these magnificent views. A wood-burning stove in each room keeps out the cooler night air. Forest walks and private spa treatments on the grounds, along with delicious food and first-class service round out this exceptional experience.
Azura Benguerra, Benguerra Island | Mozambique
Azura Benguerra offers exceptional Island living, with each private villa overlooking the white sand beaches and azure water of the Indian Ocean. Built by the local community and run in partnership with them, Azura Benguerra is located within a Marine National Park in the Bazaruto Archipelago offering PADI diving and snorkelling. Island hopping and boat cruises, deep-sea fishing and even horseback riding are available at Azura Benguerra. Gorgeous villas have private pools and direct access onto the beach, the main areas have a bar, dining and lounge. Rest, relaxation and sunny days are the top priorities at the enchanted island paradise that is Azura Benguerra.
The Silo Hotel, Cape Town | South Africa
Magically towering over the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is the architecturally stunning Silo Hotel. Transformed from an old silo building The Silo Hotel sits above the Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa and takes inspiration from the museum across the hotel. Each room has commanding views of Cape Town and is individually decorated. A rooftop pool, award-winning dining and an indulgent spa delight guests. Private art tours are also available to view the Zeit Mocca museum and art lovers can also explore The Silo’s Vault, a private gallery in the hotel.