Kings and queens have done it, and so have royalty and heads of state. Microsoft billionaires have done it, as have scores of glittering celebs. Opulent safaris are the stuff of red carpet travel in South Africa. It’s not at all surprising that the cherry-on-the-top rooms at many luxury lodges are often called Presidential and Royal Suites – and indeed they are fit for the most prestigious guests. So let’s take a look: which celebrity went where on their luxury safari in South Africa.
Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage and John Travolta are just some of the movie glitterati who have visited Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Source. Shamwari has lured many a high-end traveller to its acclaimed wilderness experience along the Bushmans River in a beautiful, malaria-free area of the Eastern Cape. Hardly surprising, since Shamwari has clinched the title Africa’s Leading Conservation Company in the World Travel Awards for many years running, along with strings of other glowing titles. This year, 2015, Shamwari’s Eagles Crag Lodge was hailed World’s Leading Eco-Lodge.
The gorgeously extravagant Royal Malewane is another red carpet favourite and private hideout for guests in search of the uber-special safari. A-List guests who have had the incredible Royal Malewane experience in Kruger National Park include 23rd French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen Source, as well as Richard Gere and Elton John. Elton John, we understand, goes for nothing less than a fortnight at a time. Source.
Sir Richard Branson has his very own private safari lodge in South Africa, in Ulusaba. Exclusive, opulent and offering two unique perspectives on the African bush at its two distinct lodges in the Sabi Sand, Ulusaba is a dream of Africa at its best come true. When Sir Richard’s son Sam married Isabella Calthorpe, the celebration at Ulusaba was spectacular. Royalty was well represented, with Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie in attendance. Source.
Film actress Shilpa Shetty chose the exquisitely intimate Singita Sweni for her rendezvous with the African wilderness. Sweni is tucked away on the edge of a river in a private concession of the Kruger National Park and in true Singita style, spares nothing in providing a discreet, personalized safari of the very highest order. Source.
Sabi Sabi is an old hand when it comes to hosting heads of state, royalty and celebrities. Our own beloved Nelson Mandela has stayed there, as have international tennis stars Anna Kournikova and John McEnroe, Czech model Eva Herzogova and multi-talented Wesley Snipes. Source. Ask anyone who has done time at Sabi Sabi and they will tell you that it’s positively majestic. Four very individual lodges offer top-class safari accommodation in the magnificent Sabi Sand, ranging from the ultra-contemporary to the classically and indulgently yesteryear.
Michelle Obama met the African bush in the well-known Madikwe Game Reserve, as did Beyonce and Jay-Z. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel honeymooned at Singita Grumeti Reserves in the world-famous Serengeti National Park. The list of celebs on safari in South Africa and a bit beyond its borders is endless …
Here’s the most fab fact of all: in South Africa luxury safaris are such a spoil that anyone lucky enough to have the experience can feel like a celebrity. Lavish suites, private viewing decks offering wilderness views as far as the eye can see, your own plunge pool or jacuzzi, revitalizing body treatments in beautiful places, delectable lanternlit meals in sublime bush settings, butler-service and so much more …
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