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A CONCISE REVIEW OF ALL SOUTH AFRICAN BIG GAME RESERVES

See the Accommodation Advisor Blog for regular articles, top tips and focus on lodges and game reserves.

Key:

BIG 5 Game Reserve                     M = Malaria-Free

KRUGER PARK SURROUNDS

PRIVATE

  • Kruger Private Concessions - Prime locations, expert guides.
  • Sabi Sand - Premier safari region. Luxury plus. Big 5 encounters.  
  • Manyeleti - Intimate seclusion. 2 tented camps. Family & couples.
  • Timbavati - 5 star & eco-adventure Lodges. Rare white lions. 
  • Thornybush - Exclusive. Variety of lodges from 5 star to self-catering.
  • Kapama - Superb value. Chic to tented safari-style. Great spa.
  • Balule - Personalized family-owned and/or run lodges. Friendly.
  • Makalali - 4 independent camps. Families and romantic couples.
  • Karongwe - Small eco-reserve. 4+5 star. Personalized. Horse safaris.
  • Klaserie - borders Timbavati Reserve. Selection of lodges.
  • Moditlo - 36,000acres. Near KNP & Kapama.Wild dogs, cheetah.
  • Mthethomusha 8,000ha. Near Malelane Gate. Rock Art tours. 

PRIVATE RESERVES WITH BIG GAME

 NATIONAL PARKS

KWAZULU-NATAL

PRIVATE GAME RESERVES

  • AmaZulu - Mountains, wetlands, bushland. 5 star lodge, 2 tented camps.
  • Phinda  - Bush + Beach safari. 5 lodges (our tip “Forest”). Cheetah.
  • Thanda  - Innovative selection of lodgings. Spa. Children welcomed.

 NATIONAL PARKS

  • M Drakensberg -Panoramic. Safaris nearby. Horse-riding, hiking, fishing.

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi - Rhino hot spot. Varied budgets. Worth a visit.
  • Ithala - located near PongolaAncient rock faces, breathtaking views. 
  • Mkhuze - Famous for it's game hides. Chalets. No lion or buffalo. Cheetah.
  • Ndumo - Birdwatcher's paradise. Rest huts and camping. Rhino, buffalo.
  • St. Lucia - Coastal reserve. Campsite with power. Beaches unpatrolled.
  • Tembe - Largest African elephants in the world! Strictly 4x4 only. Tents.

LIMPOPO

PRIVATE GAME RESERVES

  • M Entabeni - Malaria-free. In the Waterberg Mountains. 4-5 star luxury.
  • M Shambala - 2 hrs north of Johannesburg. Luxury chalets. Spa.
  • M Welgavonden - Selection of lodges with panoramic or water views.
  • M Olievenfontein  - affordable chalets north of Pretoria. Self-catering.

NATIONAL PARKS

  • M Marakele - Tented camp overlooks a dam. Campsite. Self-catering only. 
  • Mapungubwe - Limpopo River. Real beauty. Top pick=Tshugulu camp. 
  • M Waterberg 4x4. Panoramic views. Tents, campsites. Brown Hyena.

NORTH WEST

PRIVATE GAME RESERVES

  • M Madikwe  -  Variety of Eco-Lodges. Run co-operatively. Painted dog. 
  • M Pilanesberg - Close to Sun City resort. Paved roads - can be busy.

 NATIONAL PARKS

  • M Borakalalo - Rustic or en-suite tents. Leopard, rhino, giraffe. Fishing.
  • M Molopo - Botswana border. Campsites. Communal ablutions. Cheetah.

NORTHERN CAPE

PRIVATE GAME RESERVES

  • M Karoo Garriep  - Breathtaking starry nights. 4 Star houses. Horse trails.
  • M Tswalu Kalahari - Large. Horseback safaris. Lion, rhino, meercat.
  • M !Xaus Lodge - A Co-operation Lodge owned by San & Mier communites.

NATIONAL PARKS

  • M Ai-Ais Richtersveld - Desert region. Rest Camps, campsites. 4x4 only.
  • M Augrabies Falls - Chalets, camp sites. Hiking trails. Mountain Zebra.
  • M Kgalagadi  -  Wilderness Eco-Lodges. Kalahari lion. Red dunes. Sunsets!

GAUTENG - Johannesburg surrounds

  • M Dinokeng - Big 4. Buffalo coming soon. Variety of lodgings.
  • M Krugersdorp  - Mokoya Lodge=the pick. Lion enclosure. Meet cubs.
  • M Lephalale - A selection of small game lodges. Mama Tau has white lions.
  • M The Lion Park - Not a game reserve. Carnivore enclosure. Luxury en-suite tents. 
  • M Lion & Rhino Reserve -  Self-catering chalets. Within the 'Cradle of Humankind'. 
  • M Welgedacht  - Eco Bushcamp. Part of Dinokeng Game reserve.

THE EASTERN CAPE

PRIVATE GAME RESERVES

NATIONAL PARKS

  • M Addo  - Variety of lodgings. Tours. Few roads. Close elephant encounters.

THE WESTERN CAPE

PRIVATE GAME RESERVES

  • M Aquila  - 4 Star. Caters to all budgets.  Quad biking, horse safaris. Near Cape Town.
  • M Gondwana  - Luxury suites, fireplace. Spa. Mountain views over Fynbos reserve.
  • M Inverdoorn - 4-5 Star cottages. Big 4 (no elephant). Cheetah. Winelands.
  • M Sanbona  -  5 star lodges. Panoramic views. On the "Winelands Route".

NATIONAL PARKS

  • M Cederberg Reserve - Traditional thatched cottages. Endangered Cape leopard & Mountain zebra
  • M Karoo  - Panoramic. Chalets + campsites. Cape Dutch Style. Lion, black rhino.

 

 

 

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Map - hover to enlarge

  • MapMap

Shishangeni - Kruger Concession

Lion Sands - Sabi Sand

Umlani - Timbavati

Ndumo - KwaZulu Natal

Hluhluwe-Imfolosi - KZN

Marakele - Limpopo

Welgavonden - Limpopo

Pilanesberg - North West

 

Kalahari Lion - Northern Cape

Krugersdorp Reserve - Gauteng 

Addo - The Eastern Cape

                                                                      - The Easter Cape

Inverdoorn  - Western Cape