Remarkable Game Reserves in South Africa

South Africa has some of the best Game Reserves in the world, even though our friends’ abroad thinks lions roam freely in our city streets!  What in the world can be better than being in the wild with game all around while residing in ultimate luxury and being pampered?

Remarkable Game Reserves in South Africa that will leave you changed:

  • Bush Fellows Game Lodge
  • Sibuya Game Reserve & Lodge
  • Zuikerkop Country Game Lodge
  • Amukela Game Lodge
  • Garden Route Game Lodge
  • Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
  • Bonamanzi Game Reserve
  • Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
  • Thabana Safari Lodge
  • Leopard Mountain Game Lodge
  • Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa
  • Nedile Lodge
  • Palala River Cottages

Bush Fellows Game Lodge – Mpumalanga


This luxury accommodation lodge and De Wildt Cheetah Custodian cater for all tastes and requirements.  Bush Fellows offers a wide variety of accommodation options as well as activities such as game drives, bush walks, putt-putt, quad biking, bow and rifle hunting, clay pigeon shooting and cocktail hunts with larger groups.

Contact Person:  Jinel Fourie
Telephone: (+27) 013-261-2111
Grading: 4 Star

Sibuya Game Reserve & Lodge – Eastern Cape


This is truly something different!  This Big 5 private game reserve can only be accessed by boat.  The luxurious tented camps are positioned in the indigenous forest on the river banks offering serenity only found in the wild.

Contact Person:  Charlene Watson
Telephone: (+27) 046-648-1040
Grading: 4 Star

Zuikerkop Country Game Lodge – Free State


This oasis of peace and calmness is located between Ficksburg and Ladybrand in the Eastern Free State.  Zuikerkop is blessed with space and tranquility and therefore is the perfect remedy to the pressure of everyday life offering abundant game, flat-topped koppies and rolling green fields.

Contact Person: Maggie du Toit
Telephone: (+27) 051-943-0435
Grading: 3 Star

Amukela Game Lodge – Limpopo


Amukela, meaning “welcome” in the local Shangane, is located in the 40 000 hectare Balule private nature reserve which is part of the Greater Kruger Park, allowing the animals to roam freely between the Kruger National Park and the private reserve. This reserve is home to the Big 5 and many other animals.

Contact Person: Corne and Miriam van Dongen
Telephone: (+27) 082-921-9824

Garden Route Game Lodge – Western Cape


Garden Route Game Lodge is located at the entrance of the world famous Garden Route.  With the Langeberg Mountain Range in the background, it surely is a spectacular sight.  This malaria free private game reserve offers the Big 5 and various other animals and bird life.

Contact Person: Natasha Doherty
Telephone: (+27) 028-735-1200
Grading: 3 Star

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve – Western Cape


Sanbona is home to the first authentic free roaming white lions.  They also offer the Big 5 for viewing on the 54 000 hectare reserve.  This game reserve is not to be missed with its mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna and special rock art.  With 2 game drives per day you can be sure of an enjoyable time.

Contact Person: Reservations
Telephone: (+27) 041-407-1000
Grading: 5 Star

Bonamanzi Game Reserve – Kwazulu Natal


Bonamanzi is bordered by a World Heritage Site, Lake St Lucia, on the Hluhluwe River.  The name Bonamanzi means “Look, Water!” in Zulu, and it’s very appropriate.  Bonamanzi provides a safe interactive bush experience in which guests can walk or drive, with or without a trained field guide.

Contact Person: Marlene
Telephone: (+27) 035-562-0181
Grading: 3 Star

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve – Western Cape


This malaria free private game reserve offers an abundance of wildlife and activities such as elephant back rides, elephant feedings, elephant picnic’s, horseback safaris, game drives and helicopter flights.  Together with the luxurious tented accommodation and a spa situated on the riverbank, it’s a recipe for an amazing experience.

Contact Person: Francina Terblanche
Telephone: (+27) 044-696-6055
Grading: 4 Star

Thabana Safari Lodge – North West


Thabana Safari Lodge is situated in the Marico District of the North West province and is positioned in such a way that it overlooks the beautiful Marico Valley.  In this malaria free safari lodge you will have the opportunity to view game such as Buffalo, Rhino, Giraffe and other species.

Contact Person: Talita Potgieter
Telephone: (+27) 083-264-5334

Leopard Mountain Game Lodge – Kwazulu Natal


Situated high up in the hills of the Zululand Rhino Reserve, you’ll find spectacular views that overlook the scenic Umsunduze River.  One can truly relax in this warm and inviting environment.  Laying in your personal hammock, watching the eagles soar, now that’s relaxation!

Contact Person: Linda
Telephone: (+27) 086-111-4789
Grading: 4 Star

Witwater Safari Lodge and Spa – Limpopo


Established within the Waterberg District in Limpopo, this is the ideal breakaway destination being only 295km north of Johannesburg.  You’ll be guaranteed an awesome time with activities such as bush walks, game drives, archery, clay pigeon shooting, bird watching and for some pampering there is the health/beauty spa.

Contact Person: Angelique van der Merwe
Telephone: (+27) 011-675-0000
Grading: 5 Star

Nedile Lodge – Limpopo


Situated within the malaria free Welgevonden Game Reserve, Nedile Lodge offers one of the largest collections of privately owned White Rhino, as well as Lion, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard.  This is something extraordinary, with dramatic views over the bush and mountains, it is spectacular.

Contact Person: Ria Jacobs
Telephone: (+27) 082-854-8841
Grading:  5 Star

Palala River Cottages – Limpopo


Palala River Cottages is situated in the privately owned Palala River Reserve.  Here you will find game such as White Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Kudu and much more. It is a malaria free reserve offering abundant bird life, self drive game viewing, guided walks and game drives.

Contact Person: Jane Leonard
Telephone: (+27) 082-854-8841


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