Caaaaaan you feel the love tonight? The Beyhive has been buzzing about Beyoncé’s role as Nala in the new Disney live-action remake of The Lion King… Who run the world? Queen Bey! So when miss Blue Ivy says “Mamma, take me to the Pride Lands” Beyonce charters her private jet, gathers her entourage and tells the pilot the destination is East Africa.
But where will the “Single Ladies” singer and her family wake up flawless every day? As one of the richest women in entertainment and part of a power couple with a combined nett worth of over 1 billion dollars, cost is not a consideration as she certainly won’t need to worry about no bills, bills, bills. In fact, Beyonce herself says she likes to live lavish lavish, which means luxury and exclusivity are non-negotiable (just like the NDAs the staff will have to sign).
We’ve searched across the plains of the Serengeti, the Masai Mara and even the hills of the Ngorongoro Crater for the most luxe, amazing, out of this world accommodations that are worthy of the voice of Nala and a 23 time Grammy award winner. We just know she’d fall crazy in love with these wide open spaces of the African savanna that provided the inspiration for the movie’s creators! Read below to discover our top picks.
Irreplaceable Opulence at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania
This lodge will most certainly feature on Beyoncé’s mysterious Instagram, the incredible decor and architecture make a perfect backdrop for some of her highly stylised posts that she likes to share with the world. The uniquely beautiful Masai style “huts” hide true opulence inside with beaded chandeliers, rich brocade tapestries and elegant mix of Victorian and East African furniture. With a personal butler on call for each suite and excellent fine dining, this is a perfect palace for an African queen. The Ngorongoro crater itself is a wonder to behold, offering some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa – it definitely deserves its designation as a World Heritage site. View Lodge.
Put Your Love on Top at Angama Mara, Kenya
Perched high on the hills overlooking the Mara below, the views from these luxury tents are absolutely breathtaking! In Swahili, ‘angama’ means ‘to be suspended in mid-air and that is exactly how the Carter family will feel while watching hot air balloons float by from their own private decks in the morning. Here Bey and Jay can take a break from their fondness for Bonnie and Clyde tributes and instead pay homage to Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in “Out of Africa” and reenact the iconic picnic scene that was filmed on the same site. View Lodge.
Me, Myself and I at Singita Serengeti House, Tanzania
Beyonce is famously private, only allowing the world brief curated glimpses into her life completely on her own terms. While all the lodges mentioned are incredibly discreet and well accustomed to hosting celebrities and even royalty, this exclusive-use house provides the ultimate private home experience in the heart of the bush. The entire Carter family, including the elusive twins Sir and Rumi can relax in comfortable luxury without a care in the world, embracing the freedom that only the wild open spaces of Africa can provide. View Lodge.
Put a Ring on It at Elewana Lewa Safari Camp, Kenya
This tented camp in the Laikapia plains is where Prince William stayed just before proposing to Kate Middleton (at a nearby secluded cabin). It’s also a favourite of Prince Harry and with their dedication to conservation, it’s easy to see why. The camp offers an authentic safari experience with magnificent views of Mt Kenya and fantastic wildlife. As one of the most successful conservation areas, the conservancy is home to 10 % of Kenya’s black rhino population. View Camp.
Drunk in Love at Singita Sabora, Serengeti Tanzania
This 1920s themed vintage style camp might remind Beyoncé and Jay-Z of their time working on Baz Luhrman’s Great Gatsby soundtrack. It’s not only the quirky decor that transports you to a bygone era but also the opportunity to play delightful games of lawn croquet and badminton in a timeless setting. Of course the abundant wildlife is a fantastic drawcard too, the camp is found on the famous Wildebeest migration route – luckily no Simba or Mufasa will be caught in their epic stampede. View Lodge.
Are you ready to get your life and live your best Beyoncé fantasy? Speak to one of our Jenman African Safaris consultants about arranging an unforgettable East African holiday in the lap of luxury. If these Beyoncé-worthy lodges are slightly out of your budget but you and your family still want to visit the iconic destination and experience the Lion King in real life, take a look at our Journey to the Pride Lands tour. Lemme upgrade you(r safari)!