No trip to South Africa would be complete without a visit to the bushveld. There’s something about the classic romance of sleeping under the stars combined with the thrill of seeing exotic wildlife that makes a safari stay one of the most unique holidays you’ll ever have. Here’s a list of our favourite game lodges in South Africa.
andBeyond Rock Lodge – Phinda Private Game Reserve
Dramatically set into a cliff face overlooking spectacular Leopard Rock, suites have private plunge pools that have views of the deep valley below. Three suites also have al fresco showers in the leafy growth, so you’ll feel like you’re bathing in your own private waterfall. Keep busy during the day with Game Safaris, Zulu village tours; Night turtle drives (seasonal); Scuba and Ocean Safaris; Black rhino tracking on foot or Bush Walks.
Londolozi Lodge – Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Londolozi is situated on the Sand River, in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve within the famous Greater Kruger National Park. Each of the five camps here have a uniquely different vibe, yet all are beautiful. Londolozi’s Private Granite Suites feature outdoor bathtubs where you can watch elephants play in the river. A sunset river bar and sunken cocktail lounge are suspended high above the Sand River for even more views.
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is situated in the heart of the malaria-free Pilansberg Game Reserve on the slopes of an extinct volcanic crater. Situated only 143 miles (230 kilometres) from Johannesburg, this is the ideal city escape for families, couples, and friends. On game drives, experienced field guides will share their knowledge of the fauna and flora found in the reserve, including the Big Five and over 300 species of bird. Don’t forget to head to the hide (via a tunnel connected to the lodge) and see animals up close as they get their daily fill at the waterhole
The only lodge with access to the perennial Sabie River, Lion Sands, in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, offers a collection of sumptuous safari lodges, each with its own inspiration and style. Game viewing is excellent in this game-rich area, and the lodge boasts one of only four master trackers in the world to help you find the best sightings. A unique feature at Lion Sands is the opportunity for guests at the lodges to combine their visit with a romantic overnight stay, sleeping under the stars in one of their luxurious treehouses. Guests snuggle up in plush four-poster canopied beds on towers raised high above the wilderness.
Whether you are a safari virgin hoping to catch your first glimpse of the Big Five or a safari aficionado with a specific sighting in mind, South Africa will rarely disappoint. South Africa offers some ultraluxe accommodations to match the exceptional wildlife experience.
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