Africa is a land of wild beauty. It has a combination of tropical rain forests, grasslands, deserts, and mountains. Here, the rugged beauty of nature and the harmony among the wildlife and wilderness are perceived like no other place on this earth. Still, the serenity that is found in this wilderness is incomparable. And to behold this wild magnificence of natural beauty, the serenity and calm of the soul, and reprieve from the chaos of urban life, people want to go to Africa. And to fulfill this purpose, many luxurious hotels have been established and are being found all across the continent.
The top 5 hotels in Africa in 2021 is mentioned below for those who want to travel to Africa :
1. El Fenn, Marrakech, Morocco
El Fenn is situated on the edge of Medina. It is a riot of bright-colored spaces that initially launched with only six rooms in the year 2004. It now consists of 12 riads with a spectacular new rooftop pool. It consists of 31 uniquely decorated rooms and suites, three swimming pools, a roof terrace of 7000 square feet, a spa, two cocktail bars, and a shop. It also has a family of resident tortoises! The rooms are designed with a unique theme; they portray the perfect blend of mid-century European furniture with traditional Moroccan design elements. It has a mix of grandeur and historic architecture with rooftops, gardens, and hideaway nooks. It provides the guests with all the luxury and also offers exquisite cuisine! Even those not living there can shop or enjoy the facilities of bars and restaurants.
2. Singita Pamushana Lodge, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe :
Various factors like - food, stuff, and location have rightfully given Singita the reputation for providing the smoothest safari experience in Africa. The Pamushana Lodge is also no exception. The terrain here is much different than other destinations in this region. Here the soil is deep red. Gigantic boulders and sandstone outcrops appear on the landscape. Eighty-seven documented rock-art sites and ancient baobab tree forests adorn the territory. These variations and diversity prevent the monotony from creeping in, even after several days of walking and driving with the brilliant guides and spotting large herds of wildlife like elephants, buffaloes, wild dogs, big cats, etc. The lodge's hilltop suites are decorated with a lighter aesthetic, but this doesn't diminish the richness in texture. These lodges overlook the Malilangwe dam, thus facilitating the guests with boat-based birding and game fishing, and regular activities. The food is modern, nourishing and the food source is sustainable. The staff is also pretty impressive.
3. Angama Mara, Great Rift Valley, Kenya
"Angama Mara," Swahili for suspended in mid-air, is indeed a perfect name for the establishment as it is located 985 ft above the Masai Mara's plains. The property is divided into two camps of 15 glass-fronted tents balanced at the edge of the valley. The tents being perched on the cliff, the entire Masai mara is open for the guests to look from their tents' comfort. The design of the suites is comparatively more modern and sophisticated than the other safari lodges. At sunrise, hot air balloons flow by, and a very spectacular view of other wildlife is available at this level. During migration, the predator action of a wildebeest crossing is pretty nearby. There's also an exclusive mobile camp that facilitates the guests to have elevated food and intuitive services along with all the experiences of fly camping. And finally, the staff is heart-warmingly cordial.
4. Londolozi, Sabi Sands, South Africa
It is a family-owned property that is considered the best safari in the whole of South Africa. It consists of 5 individual camps and is primely positioned above a sand river stretch, a magnet for wild animals, especially in the dry season. A high density of Leopards is present here. It is adjacent to the famous Kruger National Park and is a top destination for Big 5 wildlife viewing. Service appears impromptu but is managed with military precision to make most of the time. The effectiveness of the guides ensures the guests' enthusiasm, even the most uncooperative ones. Artful resting, curated bodywork, wilderness walking, ancient firms of sound therapy, and yoga in the surrounds of the expansive wilderness presence is offered here along with the safari under the management of "Healing House Wellness Centre," as according to Terry Tempest Williams, "Wilderness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from."
5. Legend Hotel Lagos Airport, Nigeria
It is next to Murtala Muhammed Airport's international terminal. It facilitates private jet passengers with in-house immigration. The design is a fusion of African culture and modern architectural design. The hotel features an indoor pool with an adjoining terrace bar, a fitness center, steam room. It also features free parking, no-smoke zones, and room service. It is very spacious, and the view is also pretty good. It overlooks the airport. The steak restaurant and two lounges complete the stay of the guests. In fine, the guests are facilitated with comfortable and luxurious accommodation.
"Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted, and you see it all from above."
- Francesca Marciano (Italian novelist and filmmaker; extract from “Rules of the Wild”)
“To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”
- George Schaller (American conservationist and author)
These two quotes precisely indicate how a tour in Africa can cleanse the soul. So, whenever life becomes so stressful, you forget to live, travel to Africa, and rejoice in life. Reflect upon what it means to exist and unravel at the beauty of the vast world.