South Africa's Game Lodges / Safari Accommodation

South Africa is a country where magic infuses the views and landscapes, where the smiles of the local people can only be matched by the splendour of the ocean, mountains, forests, savannahs, waterfalls and rivers. This country is known the world around for its extraordinary collection of fauna and flora, and some of the best places to see these treasures up close are in the numerous game parks, reserves, sanctuaries and national parks.

Throughout the country, there are parks that are home to the Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant. These are breathtaking to see in their natural habitat, an experience that makes for lifelong memories. In addition, there are animals that range from tiny shrews to the tallest giraffes, and everything in-between. The birdlife is nothing short of breath-taking, offering bird watchers ample opportunities to capture some award-worthy photographs of exciting avian species.

Game lodges in South Africa range from rustic bush camps that immerse their guests in the wild side of Africa to luxurious 5-star retreats that showcase the bushveld on a platform of opulence. Those visiting the game lodges and reserves will enjoy bush walks, game drives, night safaris, and horse-back safaris, amongst other exciting activities.

Popular safari accommodation

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Western Cape

 Pictured: Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in the Karoo
The Western Cape Province is one of South Africa’s best loved in terms of tourism and aesthetics. It is brimming with beautiful landscapes, and has history and culture to boot. While there aren't many authentic safari experiences available ...

Garden Route

 Pictured: Gondwana Game Reserve near Mossel Bay
Not traditionally a big game destination in South Africa, the Garden Route's popularity with tourists has led to large tracts of farmland being reclaimed and allowed to return to its natural state. Wild animals are being reintroduced to the...

Eastern Cape

 Pictured: Charihandra Game Lodge in Addo
The game lodges, safari lodges and bush camps of the Eastern Cape present visitors to this destination with endless choices when it comes to planning their safari adventure. The array of bird species is rivalled only by the mammals, amphibi...

KwaZulu Natal

 Pictured: Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe
The sheer variety of plant and animal species that have this balmy province as their natural habitat are a must for travellers from around South Africa and the world to experience. In KwaZulu-Natal alone, there is a fantastically impressive...


 Pictured: Askari Game Lodge in Doornhoek, Magaliesberg
Home to the OR Tambo International Airport which welcomes millions of tourists into the country every year, shuttles and taxis depart to the various game lodges and nature reserves around the province. The game lodges, safari lodges and bus...


 Pictured: Inyati Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands
Mpumalanga boasts an incredible terrain that includes parts of the Kruger National Park and the Drakensberg Mountain Range, as well as afro-montane forests and the Lebombo Mountains. This alone lends it a natural splendour and profusion tha...


 Pictured: Marataba Safari Lodge in Thabazimbi
Limpopo is the northernmost province of South Africa, sharing its borders with Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique. As such, it has a hotter climate and is home to a different variety of plants and animals; those that can survive these condit...

North West Province

 Pictured: Madikwe Safari Lodge in Madikwe
Characterised by grasslands and savannahs that are peppered with trees, the landscapes of the North West Province not only provide idyllic vistas, but are also the habitat of choice for many species of wildlife and vegetation, making this p...

Free State

 Pictured: Letsatsi Game Lodge in Smithfield
The grassy plains of the Free State provide near-perfect conditions for many of the stunning game farms and reserves of South Africa. It is here that lion and leopard hunt for prey, antelope and zebra roam the grasslands, birds put on their...

Northern Cape

 Pictured: Tswalu Kalahari Reserve in the Kalahari
As the largest, but most sparsely populated province in South Africa, the Northern Cape is all about wide, open spaces; the ideal habitat for some of the country’s most beautiful and exciting predators and prey. Experience the solitude of t...

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