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Discover Africa: these 12 luxury resorts will make you want to book a flight right now

There are some absolutely stunning five-star resorts in Africa, from Richard Branson’s luxury safari tents in Kenya to a lodge perched on the edge of an extinct volcano in Tanzania. And let’s not forget the private islands in Mozambique and waterfront cocktail terrace in Cape Town. If you’re tempted to try them out, Lufthansa runs flights right across Africa starting at £399: discover their offers for yourself below.

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1. Hemingways, Nairobi, Kenya

This luxury hotel is nestled in the peaceful suburb of Karen. The beautiful plantation style mansion overlooking the Ngong Hills is a tranquil escape, with a dedicated butler to tend to your every need after a day spent at one of the close by attractions such as the Nairobi National Park and the Giraffe Santuary, to name a few. Lofty, bright rooms with large private terraces are the perfect haven for travellers. You can fly to Nairobi from £399 return with Lufthansa – check out the link below.

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2. Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Town, South Africa

This beautiful lodge is nestled along a pebble beach on the fringe of Table Mountain National Park, and offers stunning views across the Atlantic ocean. Every day, guests gather on the lodge deck with cocktails to toast the spectacular sunset as the sea laps the shore just metres from their feet. Lufthansa offers return flights to Cape Town from £499 return – click the link below to explore more offers. 

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3. Royal Malewane, South Africa

Voted one of the best 50 resorts in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, this safari lodge in Kruger National Park the last word in luxury. It has an award-winning spa featuring a steam room and hot and cold African baths, and accommodation is limited to just eight suites and a six-bedroom villa for use by families. The nearest airport is Hoedspruit – but some guests prefer to charter a private plane and land at the resort’s private airfield.

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4. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Perched on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater is a lodge that bills itself as “Versailles meets Maasai”, a mixture of brocade and brilliant African sunsets. In the crater below, which is the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, you can spot wildebeest, hippos and zebras, while inside you’ll find grand Victorian-style furnishings, teak panelling and swaying chandeliers. And there’s even a lodge built around a tree.

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5. Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique

Who wouldn’t want to holiday on their own private island? On Quilalea you can kayak among the mangroves, snorkel above the island’s reef, picnic under the baobab trees and generally act like a luckier version of Robinson Crusoe – who has access to fine dining and satellite TV.

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6. The Palms Zanzibar

The Palms consists of six exclusive villas right next to a pristine beach on the Zanzibar archipelago. Learn how to scuba dive in the crisp blue water, enjoy a Balinese massage with an ocean view, and tuck in to a dinner of freshly caught fish on the terrace. Paradise.

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7. MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa, The Seychelles

The luxury in the title isn’t just for show – the 30 villas that make up this exclusive resort each have their own private infinity pool and dedicated butler who will see to your every need. Not only that, the price includes complimentary daily yoga sessions and unlimited scuba diving.

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8. Mahali Mzuri, Kenya

Owned by Richard Branson, Mahali Mzuri is an exclusive safari camp formed of 12 tents. But these are no ordinary tents – each has an en suite bathroom and private viewing deck. The camp is situated in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, and it’s the perfect spot to witness the Great Migration, when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move together in the search for new pastures.

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9. Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique

This tiny island is the ultimate in getting away from it all. There are just 12 thatched villas, and the island only takes 24 guests at a time, so it’s blissfully quiet. Oh, except for when you arrive of course – a helicopter transfer is included in the price. And if you REALLY want to get away from it all, you can book a Bed of Stars on the nearby deserted island of Quissanga – just you, your partner and a linen-draped four-poster bed on the beach, surrounded by candles under a sky full of stars.

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10. Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, Egypt

Situated slap bank on the bank of the River Nile, the Hilton Luxor is an ideal base for exploring the world-renowned archaeological sites such as the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings. But with its three restaurants, huge infinity pool and river-view spa, you might be reluctant to leave the hotel.

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11. Amanjena, Marrakech, Morocco

Located just outside Marrakech, far from the frantic activity of the souk, Amanjena is a rose-coloured haven of tranquility. The spa boasts two hammams, and there are two five-star restaurants serving traditional Moroccan cuisine and Japanese izakaya-style food. The hotel even has a direct link to the golf course next door.

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12. The Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa

Arranged upon a hill in the Witwatersrand area of Johannesburg is an enormous pink palace known as The Westcliff. This Four Seasons hotel is formed from a network of villas and gardens surrounded by trees – it’s more like a hilltop village than a hotel. And the view from the hotel’s Après Spa, the city’s only outdoor spa lounge, is astonishing. Lufthansa offers flights to Johannesburg from £449 – take a look with the link below.

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Published October 2018. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.