Our stay of the week – The Vuyani Safari Lodge, South Africa

Take 10 ludicrously romantic suites, place them in the wilderness and the result is this – The Vuyani Safari Lodge. Located within a private game reserve on the edge of Kruger National Park, The Vuyani offers not only sumptuous digs; but a really strong chance of spotting the Big Five, and without bumping into a convoy of other vehicles.

Luxury suite

Rising before the sun is worth it for the chance to get tantalisingly close to lions, elephants, cheetah, wildebeest, hippo and more on expertly guided game drives. In your open-top vehicle, you’ll spend hours exploring the open savannah and dense bush, stopping for coffee in a beauty spot by the water’s edge or in perfect view of the Drakensberg Mountains. Evening drives are seriously special, with sundowners served under the amazingly clear star constellations (just be sure to layer up).

Luxury suite

EveningSwimming pool and lodge

Back at the lodge, the locally inspired stylings and plush soft furnishings make The Vuyani one of South Africa’s most coveted boutique stays. The small number of suites makes for an intimate and informal atmosphere, and if you’re not out on other excursions (perhaps heading into Kruger or to the Blyde River Canyon), you may well have that sublime infinity pool to yourself.

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Game driver

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Resisting a late afternoon nap in the privacy of your suite is futile, thanks to the plumpest, most luxuriously adorned bedding probably anywhere in the southern hemisphere. Completing the air of sheer African heaven is a traditional high thatched ceiling, a fabulous bathroom, speedy Wi-Fi (nobody wants to be that remote) and an all-important view of the wild surroundings. Tip: don’t forget your binoculars.

Eternoity Pool @ sunset

We’re offering a stay at The Vuyani Safari Lodge from £240 a night, including a Luxury suite, all-inclusive board and daily game drives, with a minimum booking of three nights.

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