Lolling with Lions and Elephants in NW Province, South Africa
Etali Safari Lodge is set in the Madikwe Game Reserve on South Africa's northern border with Botswana. But if it weren't for the call of the wild, you might never leave your suite, with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and your own private deck and plunge pool (an oasis that sometimes attracts wild visitors). Etali has a relaxed and peaceful guesthouse atmosphere and, with only eight private suites, it never gets too busy. A big wooden deck overlooks a private waterhole; acacia trees provide shade, bright birds fly in and out of the branches; cicadas burr in the background.