The Safari Index team has selected its list of nominees for the 2016 "Lavishly Luxurious" Big Tusker Awards. Vote for one of these superb safari lodges that combine the best of two contrasting worlds - the raw natural African wilds and superior first class accommodation and service. As such these game lodges are often frequented by the rich and famous. It comes down to you to see who is to be crowned Africa's ultimate luxury safari lodge so go ahead, check out all these luxury lodges and vote for who you believe deserves this mantle!

Remember you only have one vote for each category so make it count. If you have visited one of these fine establishments and want to do your bit to help them win, your vote can count as a double vote if you enter the relevant coupon code - get this by getting in touch with the lodge your voting for. Those who vote stand a chance at winning some awesome prizes including a trip for two to a luxury lodge in South Africa.

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Angama Mara, Masai Mara

Why we like it: Lavishly luxurious, Best location in the Mara, Views over the Mara are incredible

Angama Mara has the WOW factor. The attention to detail here is incredible in this excpetional new owner-run game lodge. Angama is inspired by the Swahili word for ‘suspended in mid-air’. Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest parks on the continent. Here guests will…

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Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara

Why we like it: Classic luxury safari camp, Sweeping Mara plains views, Migration and other superb wildlife viewing

Set among forests on the very edge of the Masai Mara, the intimate Bateleur Camp reflects the ambiance of Kenyan explorers of old. Each elegant tent, with its own private butler, replicates the style and glamour of vintage Africa. Slip into a world of hardwood floors, polished silver and sparkling crystal juxtaposed against the romance of the open Mara plains,…

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Benguerra Island Lodge, Mozambique

Why we like it: Breathtaking tropical island; Luxurious accommodation; Diversity of marine life; Range of thrilling activities on offer

One of Africa's prized beach destinations located among the pristine islands of Mozambique's Bazaruto Archipelago, Benguerra Island Lodge is a haven of beauty and tranquility. This luxury island lodge is situated on the stunning Benguerra Island, home to stretches of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and a plethora of marine life. The lodge is located in a protected marine…

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Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge

Why we like it: Most incredible views over the Savuti; Unbelievable location; Superb management and staff, All day game drives

Perched high in the hills of Savuti, Botswana, is Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge, a hilltop retreat boasting unparalleled 180 degree views across the endless savannah below. There is also a natural waterhole which attracts wildlife year round. To the south-east of the lodge, the Savuti Marsh beckons with its unique game-viewing opportunities. Covered by extensive savannah and rolling grasslands, the…

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Kapama Karula Lodge

Why we like it: Incredible spa facilities, absolute luxury, modern and beautifully designed lodge

Kapama Karula is a 5 Star luxury lodge found in a scenic section of the Limpopo Province set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains. Thatched chalets are closely dotted around the main lodge surrounded by indigenous gardens overlooking a tranquil lake. The common area consists of a large conference room, dining room, concise library, outdoor boma and bar and…

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Little Ongava Lodge, Etosha

Why we like it: Private and exclusive camp perched high on a ridge, Magnificent views, Waterhole game viewing - no need to go on drive!

Little Ongava is an exclusive camp set on a rocky outcrop with panoramic views of the African savannah stretching to the horizon. Known as Namibia’s most luxurious safari destination, Little Ongava has only three spacious units, offering an intimate and exclusive experience. Each sumptuous unit features its own plunge pool, a sala, and an en-suite bathroom with both indoor and…

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Pel’s Post, Pafuri

Why we like it: Exclusive and luxurious; Eco-friendly; Region high in biodiversity; Private safari vehicles and guides

Pel's Post is a super luxury safari lodge located in the Pafuri region of the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa. This exclusive camp accommodates just 8 guests in four luxurious suites, each boasting stunning views of the Luvuvhu River. Each suite is elegantly designed, making maximum use of space, and features open-plan lounges and outdoor terraces. The bathrooms…

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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Why we like it: Spectacular views of the volcanoes; Owned by community trust; Involved in responsible tourism and conservation; Amazing mountain gorilla trekking experience

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is found close to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is one of the world’s best locations for trekking mountain gorillas in the wild, an incredible and thrilling wildlife experience. The lodge is found among the magnificent Virunga range of volcanoes, with beautiful views of the mountains and landscape. The lodge is made up of a family…

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Singita Castleton

Why we like it: Vintage feel; Family and child-friendly; Excellent array of facilities; Caters to group's needs

Castleton was the original homestead of the Bailes family – the original owners of Singita – and as such is steeped in historical significance. The homestead overlooks a vibrant dam and the camp itself is surrounded by serene lawns, having lost none of its traditional charm since becoming a commercial operation. Although it is not as extravagant or lavish as…

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Toka Leya Camp, Victoria Falls

Why we like it: Family tents, multiple activities for adults and kids, Pizza oven

Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, Toka Leya Camp is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Twelve spacious en-suite safari-style tents (including three family tents) with expansive decks soak up the dramatic views and active wildlife. Wooden walkways snake between the units and main area, limiting our footprint on this pristine area. The camp’s dining, lounge…

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