Africa’s best Safari Swimming Pools

Let’s be honest – we all love a great swimming pool during a hot summer’s day in Africa. After a morning safari and a delicious breakfast or brunch, not much can beat a swim and some time in the sun. Now, if we are completely honest, not all pools are made to be equal. Some are just a little better than others and very often, it comes down to your view from the pool itself.

If you consider yourself a “pool snob” and would love to see what Africa has in store for you, we have you covered. Below you’ll discover some of the most beautiful safari swimming pools you can find in all of Africa. In fact, after reading this, you may just be tempted to connect with us to book your next safari at one of these incredible camps.

Let’s have a look at some of these incredible camps and their swimming pools. They’ll appear in no particular order, and we will share a little info about each of them in a caption.

Time + Tide Miavana, Madagascar

Now look, although we said we don’t have favourites. But, we may have lied to you. This pool right here might just be the most spectacular pool in all of Africa!

Welcome to Time + Tide’s Miavana, situated in Northern Madagascar. 

An exhilarating helicopter ride over mountains, baobabs and shipwrecks dotting the wild coastline ends in a gentle landing on a remote private island off the coast of Madagascar. Rediscover your sense of wonder in a place where luxury means stepping foot where no man has before, surrounded by an unspoiled horizon. Raw and refined, Miavana brings together exclusivity and adventure as well as true sense of travelling with purpose.

Sonop, Zannier Hotels, Namibia

A pool in the Namibian desert, what on earth?! That’s correct, this jaw-dropping swimming pool can be found in the heart of a desert. The surrounding landscape is enough to blow anyone away!

This pool belongs to Sonop Hotel.

Set within our own 13,800 private acres of untouched Namibian desert wilderness, our lodge with 10 tented suites is constructed on top of granite boulders in authentic 1920’s British colonial style. Stretching from horizon to horizon, captivating beauty and boundless freedom surround you, with adventures from sunrise to sunset.

Matetsi Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Water, more water and even a waterfall! Here at Matetsi Victoria Falls you will be surrounded by incredible beauty from start to finish.

The Mighty Zambezi River sets the scene for another of our very favourite pool-views in Africa. The pool is beautifully designed and fits in wonderfully with the lodge architecture. 

Highly acclaimed for exquisite distinctly African contemporary interiors, Matetsi Victoria Falls, is very much in keeping with its natural surrounds. Polished earth finishes, lustrous hand-beaten local copper detailing, and seamless flows between interior and exterior living spaces. The theme of ‘Life on the River’, as conceptualised by our Zimbabwean architectural designer, comes through subtly with clay-pot down lighters, fish-trap inspired features and custom works by local artisans.

Jabali Ridge, Ruaha Tanzania

This is one African pool that simply can’t disappoint. You’ll find yourself in the heart of the Serengeti. Imagine returning from a classic East African safari experience, and dipping into a pool surrounded by the very rocky outcrops that you see lions and leopard occupying out on safari.

Jabali Ridge is a stylish camp in the wildlife-rich Ruaha National Park, set on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mwagusi River and Ikuka escarpment.

Jabali Ridge’s eight suites are set among giant granite boulders. Relax in the hammock on your wooden deck and unwind with a book. Cool off in the glorious infinity pool, which overlooks the vast plains, or head to our spa to smooth out any tensions with a hot-stone massage. After a day spent walking through the bush or tracking lions in a game vehicle, pause for a refreshing G&T as the sun sets over Ruaha.

Sounds about right to us…

Nyamatusi Camp, Mana Pools

Don’t judge a pool by its size. This pool pictured right above, might be small and humble but here, it’s all about elephants and sunsets behind the Zambezi Escarpment.

Mana Pools is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. It’s home to one of the very best elephant experiences in all of Africa.

Nyamatusi Camp is set in one of the wildest and most remote parts of Africa, on the banks of the Zambezi, one of the world’s oldest rivers. Embracing comfort, this property embodies sustainable design. Fully solar-powered and built from all-natural materials it encompasses its wilderness location in the most elegant way. Here, your Mana Pools safari plays out against a sweeping riverine landscape, where epic encounters of the giants that roam this land await. 

If the lodge’s pool is a little “crowded”, go and enjoy the beautiful little plunge pool attached to your room.

Singita Pamushana, Zimbabwe

It seems like Zimbabwe is home to some of the best safari pools in all of Africa. This is certainly the case for Singita Pamushana! It’s a pool with a view like few others, magnificent in every way!

Perched high on a sandstone ridge overlooking the shimmering expanse of the Malilangwe Dam, Singita Pamushana Lodge’s eight elegant suites – all with private plunge pools – draw inspiration from the rich tribal history of ancient Zimbabwe.

Maximising opportunities to be immersed in the restorative power of its incredible wilderness setting, the luxury lodge’s guest experience allows for a safari that’s both soothing and inspiring – with comfort, intuitive ease and a complete sense of freedom underpinning every stay.

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