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Jeremy Smith
Created byJeremy Smith
writer specialising in responsible tourism

Inspiring luxury safari experiences

Featured Guide

Going on a high end safari isn't about choosing between comfort and conviction. If you want to ensure you get the most memorable experiences money can buy, you are best to go with the most ethical safari companies. After all, the most passionate and knowledgeable rangers are the ones who are most devoted to conserving wildlife; and the best hosts are those that care the most about people's wellbeing, whether it is for their guests, their staff, or their local communities. 

As the author of Rough Guides' first guidebook dedicated to responsible tourism I got to travel to some pretty amazing places for my research, and saw first hand some of the amazing work people are doing combining incredible holiday experiences with meaningful work in community development and conservation. The desire to share these experiences with more people were one of the reasons that this year I launched Fair Game (url below) which aims to promote safaris like these.


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Phinda Mountain Lodge

Mountain Lodge, Rock Lodge, Vlei Lodge.... there's seven lodges and camps at Phinda, each one in a different ecosystem, and each one truly special in its own way. The views at Mountain lodge are spectacular and the suites luxurious in every sense. But most of all, it's the wildlife experiences here -...

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Luxury Lodges

The Cape Floristic Region - where Grootbos is found - is the smallest of the world's six floral kingdoms, and found only here, in South Africa's western Cape, a couple of hours from Cape Town. A region of extraordinary biodiveristy diversity, it is home to over 9, 000 plant species, of which 69 percent...

Gorongosa National Park

Gorongosa was once one of Africa's greatest parks - a lost eden. Unfortunately that eden really was nearly lost, due to the ravages of the country's long civil war. But amazingly, in the last few years - the war now over - a remarkable regeneration project has made this one of the most inspiring...

Wolwedans Dunes Camp

The highlight of safaris at Wolwedans, and the other-worldly Namib Rand reserve, is not the wildlife - of which there is plenty to see. It's the ethereal scenery, which changes with the light and transports you far from any known reference point. Most mysterious of all are the fairy circles,...

Nkwichi Lodge

The location is everything - on a virtually untouched shore of Lake Malawi - the Lake of Stars - with bath clear waters, soft white sands, and jungle behind. Sleep under the stars, go on snorkel safaris amidst vast shoals of many-hued cichlids and other fish, or head off into the forests with their...

Campi ya Kanzi

Think of the words that conjure up images of safari - Kilimanjaro? its an ever present backdrop. Maasai? The express purpose of this camp is to help the Maasai survive and the camp protects 280,000 acres for the community to live as they wish. There's just room for 16 guests, and 400 square miles to...

Gorges Lodge

If you've ever wanted to go to Zimbabwe - this is the place to stay. You've got the Victoria Falls round the corner (or bend as we're talking rivers), a jawdropping location from which to view the Zambezi, and the chance to discover the bush with one of the most switched on, conservation minded safari...

Meno A Kwena Tented Camp

For me, a luxury safari isn't about infinity pools and oversized beds. The luxury is the chance to escape the urban world, and connect to nature at its most untouched. Meno a Kwena's remote tented camp in Botswana takes you into another world, an escape into the middle of truly nowhere, where you fall...

Shamwari Game Reserve

The reserve has won endless awards for its safaris and its conservation. Its many difference lodges and camps offer everything from colonial grandeur to tented escapism. And throughout it runs the ethos of combining incredible safari experiences with a total commitment to conservation. Unlike...

Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge

Most people head to Nepal to trek in the Himalaya. But in the foothills, near the border with India, are some amazing safari and wildlife opportunities. Staying at Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge gets you access to many of the best of these, as well as wonderful spa and wellness facilities, the chance to...