Safari Lodges in South Africa

Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Hluhluwe Game Reserve

he Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is one of the largest game parks in South Africa. It is situated 280km north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Hluhluwe is named after the thorny monkey rope, “Hluhluwe” in Zulu, which grows on the banks of the Hluhluwe River and Umfolozi is named after the Black and White Mfolozi River.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

The very best safari lodges in Kruger has to offer in the way of big five game viewing with millions of kilometres to explore in an untouched wilderness. The very best hotels in the Greater Kruger Park to make your African safaris an adventure of a lifetime.

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park

The Pilanesberg National Park features a large variety of lodges to meet everyone's requirements including families, honeymoon couples as well as conference delegates.

Addo National Elephant Park

Addo National Elephant Park

The Addo Elephant Park and surrounding region in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province include the small town of Addo, the spectacular Addo Elephant National Park itself, the game-rich Amakhala Game Reserve, Kirkwood as well as malaria free, 'Big 5' Kwandwe Game Reserve.

South Africa Provinces

Eastern Cape

R2,230
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Addo Elephant National Park - Day Safari
★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
Addo visitors are welcome to experience an adventurous full day guided tour to the popular Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa which is home to the densest population of African
TODAY'S RATER2,230 BOOK
ADDRESS: Addo, Kamberg
SPECIALS
R4,680
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Amakhala Safari Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★
7 Reviews
Amakhala Safari Lodge with a good reputation for safari viewing, including the Big 5, and guests enjoy a wonderful experience at the lodge, with spacious and comfortable accommodation, warm
TODAY'S RATER4,680 BOOK
ADDRESS: Amakhala Game Reserve, Greater Addo National Park
Bucklands Luxury Tented Camp
★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The Bucklands Private Game Reserve is beautifully situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and can easily be reached from Port Elizabeth, East London, and Port Alfred. The Bucklands
ADDRESS: Grahamstown, Grahamstown District, Grahamstown, 6140
SPECIALS
R5,330
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Bukela Game Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
Bukela Game Lodge lodge features a dining and sitting area with a fireplace, as well as a library and a swimming pool which can be found on the deck. The four thatched suites at Bukela
TODAY'S RATER5,330 BOOK
ADDRESS: Amakhala Game Reserve, Addo National Park
SPECIALS
R7,630
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Bush Lodge, Amakhala Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
7 Reviews
The Bush Lodge-Amakhala Game Reserve is 54 kilometres away from the Addo Elephant Park, 47 kilometres from Grahamstown and the Port Elizabeth Airport is an hour away. Guests enjoy excellent
TODAY'S RATER7,630 BOOK
ADDRESS: Amakhala Game Reserve, Addo Elephant Park, South Africa
R1,940
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Camp Figtree Colonial African Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
7 Reviews
The Camp Figtree Colonial African Lodge is located roughly an hours drive away from Port Elizabeth, on the border to the Addo Elephant Park in which the lodge offers twice-daily safari excursions.
TODAY'S RATER1,940 BOOK
ADDRESS: Addo, Addo National Park
SPECIALS
R7,370
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Founders Lodge by Mantis
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
The magnificent Founders Lodge by Mantis is situated on a 405-hectare reserve next to and with direct access to the Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve, only 73 km from Port Elizabeth,
TODAY'S RATER7,370 BOOK
ADDRESS: Sidbury, Shamwari, 6131
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Gorah Elephant Camp
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
7 Reviews
This five-star Gorah Elephant safari camp offers guests luxurious, tented accommodation, an excellent tradition of service excellence and fine dining in a highly romantic environment. The
ADDRESS: Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape
R7,250
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HillsNek Safaris
★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
Hillsnek Safari Lodge is rich in wildlife and with a range of exciting activities on offer, the lodge offers a perfect place for a family vacation. With only three suites available,
TODAY'S RATER7,250 BOOK
ADDRESS: Amakhala Game Reserve, Eastern Cape
SPECIALS
R2,120
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Hitgeheim Country Lodge & Eco Reserve
★ ★ ★
4 Reviews
The Hitgeheim Country Lodge and Eco Reserve nestle in the malaria-free Sundays River Valley, in proximity to the famous Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The
TODAY'S RATER2,120 BOOK
ADDRESS: Addo, near Addo Elephant National Park
SPECIALS
R4,680
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Hlosi Game Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The Hlosi Lodge has seven luxury suites each of which is composed to capture the African character of a former era while providing the luxuries of contemporary lodge living. The five-star
TODAY'S RATER4,680 BOOK
ADDRESS: Amakhala Game Reserve, Addo National Park
R6,050
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Hopewell Private Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
The Hopewell Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, which lies just a forty-five minutes drive away from Port Elizabeth. Hopewell accommodates guests in modern, private suites with
TODAY'S RATER6,050 BOOK
ADDRESS: Hopewell Private Game Reserve, Colchester, 6175
SPECIALS
R7,640
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Inzolo Game Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
The Inzolo Safari Lodge is situated in a scenic, secluded valley which lies in the heart of the African bush and expansive plains where wildlife roams in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The exclusive
TODAY'S RATER7,640 BOOK
ADDRESS: Addo Elephant National Park, Addo Elephant Park, South Africa
R4,960
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Kariega Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★
10 Reviews
The scenic Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa covers about 9,100 hectares of magnificent wilderness in the Eastern Cape. The lodge is set along the lush Garden Route, making it the perfect
TODAY'S RATER4,960 BOOK
ADDRESS: Kariega Game Reserve, Grahamstown District
SPECIALS
R8,560
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Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
Kichaka Luxury Game Lodge is in South Africa's Eastern Cape is just a one hours drive from the Port Elizabeth in malaria-free Big 5 Lalibela Game Reserve. The Kichaka main lodge blends seamlessly
TODAY'S RATER8,560 BOOK
ADDRESS: Grahamstown, Grahamstown District, Grahamstown, 6140
R3,920
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Kuzuko Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
7 Reviews
The Kuzuko Lodge is ranked as one of the best lodges in the Addo area renowned for its sighting of Lion and Elephant. The lodge comes highly recommended. The lodge is a five-star lodge establishment
TODAY'S RATER3,920 BOOK
ADDRESS: Greater Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
Kwandwe Ecca Lodge has wooden viewing decks at the lodge offer a welcoming setting from which to best enjoy the relaxed and natural bushveld atmosphere with a delicious lunch or a refreshing
ADDRESS: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Addo
Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge within the 54 thousand acres of Kwandwe Reserve. Kwandwe being malaria-free, Big-Five safari destination in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, guests
ADDRESS: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, Addo
Kwandwe Melton Manor
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The Kwandwe Melton Manor in malaria-free, Big Five Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is a well-appointed frontier farmhouse featuring a luxurious modern touch. Melton
ADDRESS: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, near Addo
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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
8 Reviews
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the centre of South Africa’s malaria-free area near Grahamstown. Situated on 23 100 hectares of the vast African wilderness. The reserve is a member
ADDRESS: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, near the Addo National Park
Kwandwe Uplands Homestead
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
This elegant Uplands Homestead a 1905 farmhouse, which was lovingly restored to reflect the charm of yesteryear, is ideally suited for families or a group of friends up to six. The Uplands
ADDRESS: Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
R3,380
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Kwantu Private Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
6 Reviews
The Kwantu Private Game Reserve is about 85 km away from Port Elizabeth in the beautiful Eastern Cape province of South Africa. This 6010-hectare excellent safari destination is easily accessible
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ADDRESS: Kwantu Private Game Reserve
SPECIALS
R7,000
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Lalibela Game Reserve and Safari Lodge
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
The Lalibela is in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is of 7510 hectares and is home to Africa's Big Five. Lalibela Game Reserve comprises three lodges, which are Tree Tops, Letaba
TODAY'S RATER7,000 BOOK
ADDRESS: Off N2 National Road, Sidbury, Sidbury, Addo, Port Elizabeth, 6131
Long Lee Manor, Shamwari
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
Undergoing Renovations Opening Date: 1 December 2019 The Long Lee Manor at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa is undergoing renovations.
ADDRESS: Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Port Elizabeth, 6210
SPECIALS
R5,040
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Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5 Reviews
The Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve in the Great Karoo of South Africa, which has an elephant-sized passion for conservation and is home to a multitude of endangered and many successfully
TODAY'S RATER5,040 BOOK
ADDRESS: Graaff-Reinet, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

For any Safari Expert, you want to achieve all of the once in a lifetime for your client because they leave Africa changed and their soul touched positively. The Awe and Tranquility and relatively easy to make it is the Sheer Adrenaline which is hard to achieve and even more challenging on a restricted budget. Sheer adrenaline can be attained if the client has allotted time or a big budget.

So if you have two weeks available to spend in Kruger the then odds are in your favour, but if you are time poor then going with the lodge in Sabi Sands then odds of great safari are good but your budget not so much. 

You can separate from the best African Safari in the world into three emotions:

Sheer Adrenaline:

  • The power and steal of Leopard stalking an Impala.
  • The visual terror pack of Lions hunting Buffalo.

Absolute Awe

  • The low rumble of Elephant, Thirteen Thousand Pounds over Eleven above Ground, Mammoth comes to mind, and so close you smell him. 
  • To see a three-story Giraffe gallop past you.

Peace and Tranquility

  • That sunset that you get over dust filled African Bush
  • The sound birds during the day and frogs at night.

However Absolute Awe combined with the peace of African bush is more than enough to make it a fantastic safari. Not the best time but a preferred time to go on Safari is late winter, spring and Early summer in Southern Africa. 

The reason being:

  • Spring is calving time everyone has a baby
  • The grass is still low making visibility better
  • Rain has not come so water availability is limited and animals stay close to a water source. 

***** However Lions eat all year round *****

The best lodges are the ones with the highest concentration of Big Cats in their area, and that is always up for debate, but Sabi Sands ( South Africa ), Chobe ( Botswana ), Masai Mara ( Kenya ) & Serengeti ( Tanzania ) are world renowned for predator sightings.

However, speak to us we will you achieve your dream safari.

FAQs about Lodges in South Africa
Are there malaria free safari destinations in South Africa?

South Africa is one of the few safari destinations in Africa with parks free of Malaria and the most popular being: Madikwe Private Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park and Addo National Park.  These are ideal for families travelling with children all of them being home to "The Big Five".

What is the biggest national Park in South Africa?

The largest national park in South Africa and the most famous is the Kruger National Park.  It is located in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province bordering Mozambique to the east.

Where do I have the best chance to see a Leopard in the wild?

The highest concentration of big cats in the world including Leopards can be found in the game-rich Sabi Sands area of the Kruger National Park.  The lodges located in Sabi Sands can either be reached by road transfer or by private or chartered plane.  Most of the five-star lodges such as the Londolozi Private Game Reserve and the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve feature their own private airstrips making it possible for safari travellers to fly straight to their safari destination.

Where are the two best safari destinations for a family in South Africa?

The best locations for a family holiday in South Africa include the Madikwe Game Reserve, the Pilanesberg National Park, the Waterberg region in the Limpopo Province as well as the Addo National Park and the Garden Route as these are malaria-free and children are catered for.

Where can Hot Air Balloon Safaris offered?

Hot Air Balloon Safaris are offered in the malaria-free, Big Five Pilanesberg National Park.  Guests can stay at either of the four hotels at the Sun City Resort ( Cabanas Hotel, SoHo Hotel, Cascades Hotel, Palace of the Lost City Hotel).  Guests may also be accommodated at the nearby lodges such as Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge and Bakubung Bush Lodge from where they will be picked up early in the morning to set off for their adventure.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris can also be enjoyed at the Mabula Game Lodge in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province and whilst staying at the Kapama Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park of South Africa.

These extraordinary hot air balloon safaris can be booked through us:

res@south-african-lodges.com / +27 (0)21 794 9050 / +27(0)827 823 142.

Where in South Africa is the Elephant Interaction Program offered?

The Elephant Interaction is offered at The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort as well as in Plettenberg Bay along the Garden Route.

These fantastic wildlife encounters can be booked through us:

res@south-african-lodges.com / +27 (0)21 794 9050 / +27(0)827 823 142.