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Africa + the Middle East

1. Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Masai Mara, Kenya

Score: 96.67
Spot river-bathing hippos and crocodiles from one of 50 tents abutting the Masai Mara National Reserve, then jump into a Toyota Land Cruiser for a nighttime game drive. Doubles from $489.

2. Tortilis Camp, Amboseli, Kenya

Score: 95.39
Snowcapped Kilimanjaro looms over 17 cushy tents and grounds where elephants roam. Doubles from $970, all-inclusive.

3. Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town, South Africa

Score: 93.85
Crisply updated rooms and an edge-of-the-world setting on the rocky Atlantic coast. Doubles from $695, including breakfast.

4. Royal Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia

Score: 92.73
Colonial-style rooms on the banks of the Zambezi River; guests can take part in socially responsible initiatives, such as helping local women tie-dye textiles for sale. Doubles from $934.

5. Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya

Score: 92.63
Actor William Holden’s manicured mountaintop haven now lures active families for horseback riding, fishing, and morning game walks in the private reserve. Doubles from $299.

6. Singita Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Score: 91.43
Two lavish lodges—treetop suites or riverside rooms on stilts, along with twice-daily game drives and kids’ safaris with tracking tutorials. Families with children under 10 must rent out an entire lodge. From $1,423 per person, all-inclusive.

7. Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Score: 91.11
Game drives depart twice daily from this friendly, low-key retreat on the plains. Doubles from $450, including meals.

8. Singita Sabi Sand, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Score: 91.00
Private outdoor showers and well-stocked wine cellars, plus photography-focused safaris led by renowned wildlife lensman Adrian Steirn and cultural outings to a nearby village to share meals with locals. From $1,500 per person per night, all-inclusive.

9. Bateleur Camp at Kichwa Tembo Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya

Score: 90.83
All the romance of 1920’s Africa, with Masai storytelling for kids and lessons in tracking wild game. Doubles from $400, including meals and some activities.

10. Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Score: 90.00
Twenty guests max at this refined bush camp with pull-out-all-the-stops suites (Persian carpets and claw-foot tubs). Families with children under 12 must rent out the entire spread. Doubles from $1,333, all-inclusive.


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