The Best Lodges For: Elephant Spotting in South Africa 

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Elephants are a must see when you’re on safari! Lodges advertised as Big 5 will have elephants on offer, but there are a few lodges that offer exceptional interactions with these gentle giants. Large numbers, herds that breed well or well behaved elephants make the experience more memorable for a first time safari goer.

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Top End Lodges
It’s all in the name – Gorah Elephant Camp says it all. Situated in the Addo Elephant National Park, this luxury experience from the Hunter’s Collection will leave you surrounded by elephants.
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Other top end lodges include the Sabi Sabi properties, the Singita lodges and the Mala Mala lodges. Chitwa Chitwa and Simbambili are also considered to be exceptional elephant hot spots and regular sightings are almost guaranteed.
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Upper End Lodges
Situated on a private concession of the Addo Elephant National Park is the lovely Nguni River Lodge. Savanna Private Game Reserve is also a top choice for elephant viewing! And the newly launched  Cheetah Plains is another great place to stay to see elephants. In Kwa-Zulu Natal, you can’t go wrong with Mkuze Falls Lodge.
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Affordable LodgesThere are a variety of affordable lodges that offer excellent elephant viewing, but the two notable lodges are Elephants Plains Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand and Tembe Tented Camp in Tembe Elephant Reserve.
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There are many other lodges where elephants can be viewed. We recommend using The Safari Index Africa to find the lodge that meets your criteria. Remember, when using the Safari Index’s search function you can use the detailed search to find the perfect place for your safari!

The Best Game Lodges and Safari Camps In Africa For: An Adventure

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of adventure and the rush of adrenaline. These adventure tours are unique and exciting and are some of the best ways to experience the ‘real’ Africa! They are perfect for people aged between 18 and 35, who are on a budget, but still wish to see a lot in a fixed amount of time.

Tuli Cycle Safaris

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Cycling through the Northern Tuli Reserve of Botswana is one of the most enjoyable and adventurous safari experiences on offer. Led by armed and knowledgeable local guides the Cycle Mashatu Wilderness Trail provides a unique opportunity to ride at leisure along ancient elephant migration paths, cycle amongst great herds of wildlife and sleep under starlit African skies in comfortable tented accommodation. Great game viewing can be expected and on bike one gets closer than you would do on foot to the animals without the confines of being in a vehicle. Expect to see elephants, plenty of plains game and the odd predator (lion, leopard, hyena or cheetah) you may bump in to. The riding is taylor made to a groups fitness levels but usually entails a long morning’s ride followed by a scrumptious breakfast. Late afternoons guests embark on a ‘sundowner’ game drive to enjoy the always spectacular African sunset whilst sipping on a GNT or cold beer. The tours have scheduled departures and are 3 nights and 4 days. Although Mashatu is in Botswana it is easily accessible from Johannesburg and Pretoria (5 and a half hour drive) and charter flights are also available.

Kruger Wilderness Trails

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There are thousands of wildlife destinations on the African continent but few of them offer an authentic wilderness experience to tourists. Driving around in an open game drive vehicle the whole time and staying in a luxury lodge is not necessary the real thing. Staying in a rustic, primitive camp and experiencing the African bush on foot is much closer to an ultimate wilderness type of recreation. That is what we offer the more adventurous tourist – wildness, remoteness, tranquility, peace and a big bonus: no other people! Although the trails are conducted in big five areas the main aim of these trails is to have a wilderness experience. There are 7 different wilderness trails to choose from. Being on foot makes you feel part of the environment and not removed from it as you are when you spend your time in a vehicle. It tunes you in to all facets of nature because you can see, smell, hear, touch, feel and even taste wild things. Driving is a visual experience – walking is a sensual experience! There are 7 different wilderness trails to choose from.

Shayamanzi Houseboats

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Shayamanzi River Tours operates two houseboats on South Africa’s fourth largest dam – Lake Jozini. The houseboats have six and ten double rooms respectively, all with huge windows with impressive views on to the water. All rooms are en-suite (however, the toilets and shower areas are relatively small). The smaller boat has electric fans in all rooms, and the larger, more modern boat is fully air-conditioned. These become essential features in the summer months when temperatures rapidly escalate. The upstairs lounge, bar and dining area is a supremely comfortable social zone and provides the base for a jovial time where guests can catch up on sport and news with satellite TV or just laze with a good read. Tender boats ferry guests on boat safaris or on exciting Tiger fishing trips. Various land-based activities can be organised through Shayamanzi’s brother lodge Shayamoya.

 Rio Elefantes Canoe Trail

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This three night and four day canoe trail takes place on the Elefantes River that forms the southern border of the Limpopo National Park (the new Mozambique portion of Kruger). The trip starts a few kilometres down stream of the Masingir Dam wall with a maximum of 8 canoeists along with the guide and a camp assistant. Although the game viewing is not like the Zambezi Valley, guests often see elephant and hippo during the course of a canoe trail. The birdlife is fantastic and guests are woken daily by the cry of the Fish Eagle and the wail of Trumpeter Hornbills. During the day one is kept entertained by the aerial antics of kingfishers and bee-eaters. The days are spent gently paddling open top kayaks down stream while being helped along by the current and stopping at the odd sand bank to have a quick dip to cool off. A couple of fishing rods are offered to guests to try their luck at tiger fishing (bring your own if you are a serious fisherman) and although usually smaller fish are caught a few decent fish between 4 and 8 lbs have been recently taken on the river.

 Limpopo Walking Trails

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The walking trails are conducted in a private concession in the Limpopo National Park by a knowledgeable guide and park ranger. Although the Big 5 are present in the park there are lower densities of game than on the South African side. Fly camps are set up by a camp assistant before guests arrive in camp from their afternoon walk every day. The tents (maximum of eight guests per trail) are simple yet comfortable and the stretchers, mattress and sleeping bags provide for an adequate night’s sleep. A make shift toilet and shower are setup which is a freshly dug hole in the ground with a simple seat and a shower bucket tied in to the tree with a small shower rack to stand on. This helps to provide a truly authentic and wild camping experience. A small canvas wash basin is set up for each tent for guests to freshen up with in the evening and early morning. Food is prepared by the guide and ranger over the open flames. One falls asleep to some interesting night sounds that feel they are only metres away from one’s tent.

The Best Game Lodges and Safari Camps in Africa For: A Primate Safari

The African continent is home to a spectacular array of wildlife, as well as stunning natural landscapes and vistas. Among many magnificent creatures in a diverse range of habitats, you can find the famous primates. These lodges and camps allow you to get up close and personal with our close relatives in the jungles of Uganda and Rwanda. Offering gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, along with various complementary activities (including hot-air balloon trips), these tours provide the opportunity for the experience of a lifetime.

Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi

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Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. We have created an intimate, top quality lodge offering guests a cosy, relaxing environment. On occasion Mountain Gorillas have even been seen in the garden. The elevated lounge and bar area is cosy with a warm, homely fireplace in the evenings – but is open, so you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the forests, and feel like you are part of the surroundings. Eight comfortable cottages have been carefully built from local materials. Each suite has a private verandah and enormous windows, allowing guests spectacular views of the forest canopy and the Bwindi National Park. The lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, is the ideal venue to discuss the day’s activities. Meals are freshly prepared from local produce, offering a balance of international and local cuisine.

The Migration and Gorilla Trekking Tour

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Combine the world-famous wildebeest migration (either calving or river crossings) with mountain gorilla tracking in the wild, and you get this iconic safari. With easy access to the region by plane, you get two incredible experiences that are on most people’s bucket lists in one easy safari. Travel to the vast open plains of the Serengeti- miles and miles of grasslands, as far as the eye can see, to see the wildebeest herds moving in unison for fresh water, grazing, bunching up at rivers, teetering bravely on the edge before leaping into the churning waters, attempting to cross and avoid the crocodiles, ever-waiting for an opportunity to grab a straggler. Once you have had your fill of big game, predators, birds and incredible views, you are taken into the dark forests of Uganda, which are filled with mystery and promise. Take an exhilarating walk through pristine rain forests, with all your senses on high alert, and uncover a family of mountain gorillas. Quietly watch them as they interact, play and eat, while the youngsters romp around on the forest floor, showing off their climbing skills, making mock charges and intently studying your every move. Photographic opportunities on this safari are almost limitless: wildebeest, colourful birds, predators, and breathtaking scenery.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

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Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for gorilla tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as it is the only luxury concessionaire within the national park. Due to its location within the rainforest, gorillas often come into the camp itself. The camp is frequented by birds, butterflies, monkeys and baboons. Refurbished in 2012, the camp has a bar and dining cottage overlooking the rainforest and a raised natural platform for open-air dining. The mini spa offers a selection of massages and treatments. There are eight tents with wooden floors and decks, and a bathtub looking out into the jungle’s canopy. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar, as well as the main dining area. The mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments. Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivaled location for the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area.

Lodge of the Week: Ivory Tree Game Lodge

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Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a 60-roomed camp situated in the eastern corner of the renowned Pilanesberg National Park near Sun City (+- 30 minute drive). The camp can host large groups of up to 120 people and has modern conference facilities, hosting up to 60 delegates in the largest hall, and up to 20 in a smaller conference venue. There is an extensive spa which provides a variety of different treatments.

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For such a large private camp, the rooms are well-positioned to offer reasonable privacy and are located in a natural setting within the camp’s electrified perimeter. All meals are served buffet-style and the food is of a high standard. Meals are served indoors, on the deck around the pool or in the boma around the campfire. The rooms are adequately furnished, and guests can read a book or snooze away during the daylight hours on a couch bed found on each patio. Each room has an outdoor shower and is fairly compact. Unfortunately the lodge is situated within a National Park and as such some sightings may become crowded with public vehicles. However after the main gate closing times guests are treated to an exclusive game viewing experience – often at night searching for nocturnal creatures with a spotlight.

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Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated within a hilly section of the eastern edge of the Pilanesberg National Park. The park provides excellent general game and regular big cat viewings – lion, elephant and both black and white rhino sightings are common. Lucky visitors will have the opportunity to view leopard, a herd of buffalo, the African wild dog, or cheetah. However these sightings are rare, as these animals are usually found within the wilderness sector of the park where no visitors may traverse. There is a vast array of smaller creatures from aquatic reptiles to good birdlife. The Pilanesberg is an extinct volcanic crater, where eruptions 1.3 billion years ago have set remarkable geological formations as a mountainous backdrop to open grassy plains, savannah woodland and the large Mankwe Dam. The terrain offers a varied game drive with all members of the Big 5 inhabiting the park. The road network is good and a large portion of these roads are tarred, making for a very comfortable game drive. Pilanesberg is easily accessible with a tarred road network that’s an easy two and a half hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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Ivory Tree Lodge is perfect for groups, both large and small. It is also ideal for conferences or team building events and is easily accessed from Johannesburg.

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The Best Game Lodges and Safari Camps In Africa For: A Beach Safari

Golden sands, crystal clear water, dazzling sunshine, and a multitude of marine wildlife- this is what awaits you on a beach safari at one of these glorious lodges or camps. A nature-based holiday near the ocean or on a lake is an unmissable experience. Offering both relaxation and adventure, you wont’regret experiencing one of these eco-holidays in paradise…

Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge

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Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge offers an astonishing combination of beach, bush and river with a variety of wildlife within and surrounding the camp. The sand beach stretches towards the horizon in both directions and from the open ocean, you can sail into the river mouth and possibly pass hippos and crocodiles. Each of the five Maridadi suites, nine Classic Banda suites and one Siri Suite include verandas overlooking the beaches of the Saadani National Park. Saadani National Park is Tanzania’s youngest national park, covering 1,000 square km in the east of the country, north of Dar es Salaam. The Park has the distinction of being the only coastal wildlife sanctuary of its kind on the eastern coast of Africa. The lodge is set on the beach and has a private waterhole, and an infinity swimming pool overlooking the ocean which is easily accessible from all suites. There is an elevated sitting room with panoramic views over the bush and ocean, which is a perfect sundowner spot. Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge also boasts the National Park’s only swimming pool.

Dugong Beach Lodge

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Dugong Beach Lodge is situated in the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary on the coast of Mozambique and combines two biospheres, providing a unique wilderness and beach experience. Complemented by 14 luxury bedrooms with large bathrooms and private decks, Dugong is indeed an oasis. Experience a delightful picnic on a deserted island, enjoy leisurely walks on a perfect white-sand beach with translucent waters, marvel at the spectacular vistas at ‘Worlds View’ or sip cocktails in the interflowing pool with an island-style bar offering spectacular views of the ocean. Whether you dive, fish, sail or simply enjoy barefoot luxury, Dugong embraces all spheres of island-style relaxation, activities and adventure.

Blue Zebra Island Lodge

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Located on the stunning Nankoma Island in Lake Malawi, Blue Zebra Island Lodge is a truly unique experience. Completely uninhabited and far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is truly nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world. Under the protection of the Lake Malawi National Park, these three Islands offer a unique opportunity to see rare species of Malawi‘s colourful Cichlid fish that have earned this site its UNESCO World Heritage Site accreditation. The Islands are also renowned for their dazzling array of bird life. There is a diverse selection of tented chalets set on the hillside with spectacular views over the lodge below and out across the Lake. These range in size and luxury class to accommodate couples and families.

Thonga Beach Lodge

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Hidden in the pristine dune forest of the Maputaland Coast, Thonga Beach Lodge can give the impression that one has been shipwrecked in paradise. The lodge, which is 68% community owned, is run by warm and attentive staff who are there to ensure that the guests’ stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. All 12 cabins are well positioned on raised platforms so that the dunes and wilderness remain untouched and limits any negative human impact. The cabins are very comfortable, suitably decorated and face the Indian Ocean, giving those who are up early fantastic sunrise views. The sea and beach are the main attractions of the ideally located lodge – for the sun lovers and those wanting to relax there is a large wooden deck that extends out onto the sand where staff waiter tirelessly to keep the guests contented and the drinks topped up. Those looking for added relaxation can make use of the Sea Spa in the lodge which offers a selection of sea-based Algologie treatments.

Rocktail Bay Beach Camp

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Rocktail Bay Beach Camp is neatly tucked away in a beautiful coastal forest within walking distance of the beach – a pleasant 15 minute stroll to the beachfront. The main lodge area accommodates up to forty six guests and is extremely spacious and minimally furnished. There is a children’s activity room and a renowned dive school, which offers all levels of scuba diving courses and various diving and snorkelling activities. The rooms encompass a modern tented design with simple furnishings, most of which have distant sea views. The family suites are ideally suited for families travelling with younger children whilst the standard tented suites offer the perfect private setting for couples. The honeymoon suite is spectacular. Guests staying at this camp are guaranteed an experience that is conducive to relaxation and relief. The buffet styled menu is delicious, the service satisfactory and the staff extremely friendly and courteous.

Oceana Lodge

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Oceana is pure bliss. From a high vantage point the lodge overlooks a small open area around a waterhole, a coastal dune belt with sweeping views of the majestic Indian Ocean. The lodge layout is beautiful and the décor is superb right through to the very finest details. There are three types of rooms – three lodge suites which are situated on the ground floor of the main lodge, four individual ocean suites and 3 suites in the separate ocean house (for sole use only). All the rooms offer space, classic furnishings and unbelievable views. For the fit and healthy there is a luxurious spa, steam room and gym with breathtaking ocean views. There is even a complementary transfer service where guests are picked up from the airport by an Oceana staff member – making one feel right at home before even arriving at the lodge. The food, service and staff are all of the highest caliber but it is the ocean setting that makes the lodge an absolute gem.

Lodge of the Week: Rocktail Beach Camp

 Untouched Coastal Bliss

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Rocktail Beach Camp is the newer sister camp to the recently closed Rocktail Bay Lodge and contrary to what the name suggests, the camp itself is not situated directly on a beach. Instead it is neatly tucked away in a beautiful coastal forest within walking distance of the beach – a pleasant 15 minute stroll of the beachfront. The main lodge area accommodates up to forty six guests and is extremely spacious and minimally furnished. There is a children’s activity room and a renowned dive school offering all levels of scuba diving courses and various diving and snorkelling activities. The rooms encompass a modern tented design with simple furnishings, most of which have distant sea views. The family suites are ideally suited for families travelling with younger children whilst the standard tented suites offer the perfect private setting for couples. The honeymoon suite is spectacular. Guests staying at this camp are guaranteed an experience that is conducive to relaxation and relief. The buffet styled menu is delicious, the service satisfactory and the staff extremely friendly and courteous.
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Rocktail Beach Camp is situated within the coastal forest belt of the Maputaland Forest Reserve. Although there is none of the usual larger game synonymous with the African bush, there are several small species which guests might have the opportunity to see such as the Red Duiker, Reedbuck and the indelible Honey Badger. The bird life is excellent with several endemic species found in the area. The nature focus, however, is on the coastline and marine environment. The scuba diving and snorkelling on the reefs within this section of the Maputaland Marine Reserve is what makes Rocktail Bay so special. There are no other dive boats using the same dive sites so exclusive diving is guaranteed. The environment is in a perfectly pristine condition. The sunset drive to Lake Sibaya provides guests with a lovely way of experiencing the Maputaland area for what it is. Although very little game still occurs the scenery is stunning and you pass through a number of local villages. Lake Sibaya itself provides a spectacular sun downer setting with hippos and crocodiles as the only other guests.
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During the summer months (from mid November – mid February) guests staying at the camp have the option of going on a late night turtle tracking drive. Here an experienced guide takes trips along the beach to try and locate Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles laying their eggs in the beach sand. This truly is a once in a lifetime experience and the funds raised from these trips help sponsor the on-going research on these vulnerable creatures.
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Rocktail Beach Camp is great for couples, groups and families with children of all ages who have a fondness for exploring unspoiled coastlines. There are unfortunately very few undeveloped coastlines such as this left on this planet.
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The Best Game Lodges and Safari Camps in Africa For: A Weekend Getaway

The overwhelming stress of everyday life is a feeling everyone is familiar with.  Everybody deserves a chance to close their eyes, catch their breath,  and take in the tranquility of their spectacular natural surroundings. These lodges and camps provide the perfect way to do just that. Ideal for a weekend of escapism, everything from exotic wildlife safaris and incredibly diverse bird life,  to spectacular natural vistas and luxurious accommodation is on offer. There’s no better way to treat yourself to a weekend off.

Langebaan Houseboats

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Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay, one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, the focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist, and brooding salt marshes are home to vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere. During the spring the strandveld is embroidered with a tapestry of multi-hued flowers. Two well-equipped Houseboats, permanently moored in the calm turquoise waters of the lagoon, offer a unique experience to all guests. The first is a luxurious, fully equipped double-storey 22 sleeper houseboat comprising 9 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 lounges, 2 kitchens and ample deck space on both levels. This houseboat is ideally suited for corporate groups, functions, special occasions or family getaways. Also available is a cosy, fully-equipped, two-bedroomed 6-sleeper houseboat, offering an intimate getaway for couples young and old, or a fun family breakaway.

Thendele Lodge, Drakensberg

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Thendele is famous for its views of the dramatic Drakensberg mountains, the famous Amphitheatre – a rock wall rising to about 1000 m and stretching out for 5 km- and the Mont-aux-Sources, which is the highest peak of the plateau and backstage of the elevated Amphitheatre. Also within Royal Natal National Park is a source of KwaZulu-Natal‘s largest river and highest waterfall, the Tugela, plus eight other rivers. Thendele Resort is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in the country, with a view of the famous Amphitheatre from every chalet. The lodge offers accommodation for six people. It has three en-suite bedrooms each with two single beds. A kitchen, large living area with fireplace and an outdoor barbecue area are all located centrally. Satellite TV is also available. The most popular activity enjoyed by visitors is hiking. Trout fishing is available in the rivers as well as in the Mahai Dam. Bird watching, picnics and swimming in the rivers are just some of the highlights guests can also expect to experience.

Mosu Lodge, Mokala

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Mokala is SANParks’ newest park and is situated approximately 70 km south-southwest of Kimberley, and west of the N12 freeway to Cape Town. Nestled in the hills, Mokala’s landscape boasts a variety of koppieveld (hills) and large open plains. Mosu Lodge is located in the south-west of the park. The lodge blends perfectly into the natural surroundings- with their thatched roofs, the bungalows exude a ruggedness that perfectly complements their surroundings. This rustic atmosphere, however, is complemented by comfort and luxury in the form of 15 well-furnished, air-conditioned bungalows. The lodge boasts a cool sparkling swimming pool for the warmer months, restaurant with bar facilities, outside lapa, lounge and entertainment area with built-in fireplace, a state of the art conference facility. Guided game drives, 4×4 trails, hiking and birding are among the activities that complete an unforgettable experience.

 Tlopi Tented Camp, Marakele

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The Tlopi Tented Camp in Marakele National Park is unfenced from the rest of the park, making your experience with nature an unsheltered, intimate one. The camp consists of ten luxury tents, each accommodating two people. The tents are fully furnished with kitchens, private bathrooms, electric fans, private verandas and barbecue facilities. One tent is wheelchair-friendly. There are fantastic bird-watching and game-viewing opportunities in Marakele National Park. You can also access the mountain pass up to an incredible view and get within close proximity to the Cape Vulture colony. Guided morning and sunset drives and bush walks are available, as well as a two-night 4×4 eco-trail. Due to Marakele’s proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria, it makes for an ideal weekend getaway.

 Thandeka Lodge

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Thandeka Lodge is ideally nestled in open woodland, reflecting its natural surroundings in a contemporary and colonial fashion. Guests are greeted by warm and welcoming staff with refreshing wet towels and ice cold drinks, followed by an informative lodge orientation. The lodge is located approximately 200 kilometres from Johannesburg at the malaria-free foothills of the grand Waterberg Mountain range in Limpopo Province. The central living area is large and open-plan, while a beautifully positioned pool and deck provide guests with the opportunity to relax and unwind. Twenty luxurious and spacious tents are individually and privately positioned, aptly conveying the intimate nature of the surrounding bush. Conference and large-group facilities are excellent at Thandeka and most needs can be fully catered for. Delicious and well-prepared meals can be eaten in the large indoor dining room. However, if weather permits, they are best enjoyed outside next to the pool or around the fire.

 Thakadu River Camp

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Thakadu River Camp lies along the Marico River in the eastern section of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The tented camp is set upon a river bank, surrounded by tall trees and is frequently visited by wildlife. The main lodge offers a selection of seating areas for guests to choose from, and a central dining area. The swimming pool and bush boma form part of the main lodge area and are easily accessed. The Thakadu team are very enthusiastic and understandably proud to be running their own lodge. Little Thakadu is a smaller version of the River Lodge, and offers a more exclusive safari experience – a great option for a group or a large family. By booking Little Thakadu, you have access to your own private pool, a private dining area with personal chef, and an exclusive-use game viewer. The 12 tented rooms are comfortably furnished, and each has their own private balcony. Game drives are always a highlight when traversing the Madikwe Game Reserve.

Shibula Lodge

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Shibula is a classic and elegant five star lodge situated in the prestigious Welgevonden Private Game Reserve – an area of rolling hills and plains in the Waterberg mountain range some 3 hours from Johannesburg. The lodge is well managed, and has a friendly and homely atmosphere with a particular focus on guest contentment. The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated. Each of the rooms is different in terms of layout and décor. Rooms have their own private pool or jacuzzi. The food is excellent with unique and distinctive meals prepared daily. Shibula has an excellent health spa facility where guests can choose from a variety of different beauty therapies on offer at an additional cost.

 Wild at Tuli

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Wild At Tuli Safaris’ Island Camp is situated in Botswana‘s Central Tuli Block. This area includes the famous Tuli Elephants, prolific predator life, Giant Mashatu Trees, 2000 year-old Baobabs, the oldest exposed rocks on the planet, the Mighty Limpopo River and a most stunning landscape. It is home to almost 400 species of birds including the Pel’s Fishing Owl, Black Eagle, Martial Eagle, Kori Bustard and Ground Hornbill. Wild At Tuli Safaris is not a package operation; it is an independent, highly specialised, owner-run safari business. Experience, exclusivity and flexibility are hallmarks of our safaris. Experience staying in a luxurious tented camp on an island in the Limpopo River on Kwa Tuli Private Game Reserve. Available activities include game drives, walks, bird-watching, fishing, overnight in a hide. This is what the African wilderness is all about…

 Nungubane Game Lodge

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Nungubane Game Lodge is situated in the north western sector of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. Guests are met at Welgevondens’ West gate and transferred to the lodge which is approximately 45 minutes away. This intimate lodge caters for up to ten people in five elegantly furnished and suitably spacious rooms all with a protected outdoor shower. Both the main lodge and the rooms have breathtaking views of rolling hills disappearing into the Waterberg’s horizon. The food is wholesome, well prepared and sure to tantalise. Meals are either taken on the open air deck or in the boma around a traditional camp fire. Although limited in terms of numbers, the small staffing team at Nungubane are attentive, efficient and cater for a guest’s every whim. Between game drives guests can lounge by the pool taking in the magnificent vista around them or simply tuck in to a book in the main lodge or in the privacy of their rooms.

 Komati Tented Camp

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One of the latest additions to the Mantis Collection is the Komati Tented Camp situated in the Nkomazi Game Reserve. This ultra-luxurious tented camp is situated on the thickly vegetated banks of the Komati River in the Barberton Mountains. All the suites are spacious, superbly furnished and adequately positioned for privacy. Guests can enjoy a dip in each unit’s private plunge pool or have an outdoor bubble bath overlooking the river. The service is of a high standard, the food is excellent and there is a pleasant variety of dining venues. In addition the ‘River Retreat’ is a lovely Spa next to the river where guests can enjoy a variety of treatments whilst harmoniously listening to the rapids churning below.

Jaci’s Safari Lodge

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Accessed by means of a wooden swing bridge over a small stream, Jaci’s Safari Lodge has eight private rooms and two indulgent suites, accommodating up to twenty guests of any age. The main lodge is a modern take on the traditional safari style. The kitchen is open plan and the staff serve meals both indoors and outdoors or along the riverbed beneath the trees. The rooms are tented style and isolated by the riverine forest with an en-suite bathroom – including a floor level bath and a well sheltered outdoor shower. An ideal family experience, Jaci’s Safari Lodge has an entertainment room for teens and a playground for younger children. Family game drives are on offer as well as child friendly game drives which take place during the day and provide a more interactive bush encounter focused on their interests. Special meals and dining times are arranged for young children.

 Inverdoorn Game Lodge

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Inverdoorn is a family-run private game reserve found in the heart of a typically open Karoo landscape. The camp is set amid large Eucalyptus trees with the rooms positioned around a cactus garden and main outdoor dining area. There is a small tortoise pen within the camp where large leopard tortoises can be observed in their contented meandering. The small, white walled chalets are basically furnished and comfortable. The food is terrific – South African style with a touch of French flair. The camp is also open to day visitors and can become quite busy in the summer months. The Karoo landscape is quite distinctive and remarkably beautiful whilst massive night skies are awe inspiring and untouched by any light pollution.

 Ivory Tree Game Lodge

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Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a 60-roomed camp situated in the eastern corner of the renowned Pilanesberg National Park near Sun City. The camp can host large groups of up to 120 people and has modern conference facilities hosting up to 60 delegates in the largest hall and up to 20 in a smaller conference venue. There is an extensive spa facility which provides a variety of different treatments. The rooms are well positioned to offer reasonable privacy and are located in a natural setting within the camp’s electrified perimeter. All meals are served buffet style and the food is of a high standard. Meals are served indoors, on the deck around the pool or in the boma around the campfire. The rooms are adequately furnished and guests can read a book and relax on a couch bed found on each patio. Each room has an outdoor shower and is fairly compact. The lodge is situated within a National Park and as such some sightings may become crowded with public vehicles. However after the main gate closing times guests are treated to an exclusive game viewing experience – often at night.

Gondwana Fynbos Villas

Gondwana Fynbos Villas Interior

Gondwana’s Fynbos Villas are individually situated on the high lying ridges of a Fynbos valley a short drive from the Fynbos Camp. These 2 or 3 bedroom units can be taken out on a full board or a self-catering basis. The units are extremely spacious and suitably furnished in a minimalistic fashion. Both the Fynbos Villas and the nearby Kwena huts can be taken out by larger groups – accommodating up to 64 guests in total. In addition there is a nearby separate communal entertainment area known as ‘Lehele Lodge’ (with no overnight facilities) which is perfect for meals or functions such as corporate events and weddings.

 Gondwana Lodge, Sanbona

Gondwana Lodge Sanbona

Gondwana Lodge is a new hotel styled lodge based on a traditional Karoo homestead design. The lodge and rooms all overlook a prominent dam in the distance which attracts good quantities of game and birdlife. The main lodge is openly laid out with modern furnishings. The rooms are situated in two detached buildings consisting of six rooms (three on the lower floor and three on the upper) in each. Four rooms in each block have an inter-leading door which is useful for families but detracts a little in terms of privacy. Gondwana is a family affair. There is a well established children’s programme which keeps younger family members entertained during the day. This includes both an indoor and an outdoor play area. There is a full spa service for adults in the aptly named Relaxation Retreat. The lodge is spacious, the food is excellent and the service is sure to impress.

 

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