Safari Lodges

Gondwana Game Reserve – Mossel Bay

Gondwana is a private game reserve, less than two hours’ drive from Knysna and four hours from Cape Town. Its the perfect safari stop for your holiday if you are exploring the Garden Route. This game reserve has 11 000 hectares, is malaria-free and has the Big 5 roaming free. The majestic landscape also offers herds of wildlife which include eland, giraffe, hippo and zebras. You are either staying in the bungalows at the main camp or in private villas.

Kariega Game Reserve – Port Elizabeth

This private game reserve is situated in the Eastern Cape about four hours’ drive from Knysna. Kariega Game Reserve is a malaria-free Big 5 South African safari. The game reserve incorporates 10.000 hectares of pristine African wilderness, as well as two abundant rivers. There are five different safari lodges to suit all needs. Main Lodge is welcoming families and children of all ages and some of the villas have their own private splash pool. River Lodge has a beautiful setting right by the Bushman’s River, where you can enjoy game viewing from you private suite or from the magnificent deck which overhangs the river. Settlers Drift has a luxury and unique way of exploring the Kariega wilderness. The lodge consist of 9 spacious tented suites, each with stunning views and secluded viewing decks.

Kruger National Park – Main Rest Camps

If you only can choose one game reserve, Kruger National Park would be the one. Situated in the north east of South Africa, on the border of Mozambique, the reserve is nearly 2 million hectares and according to us, it is the best place to explore the Big 5 animals. It is highly recommend to drive your own vehicle and stay in different camps and we recommend a stay of at least three nights. In each lodge you can add on an open game drive in the early morning or in the late afternoon. All the camps are basic 3 star but they all have en suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and an outside kitchenette. Some of the camps have a restaurant and the others a small shop to purchase your braai items.

Shandon Lodge – Nelspruit

On your journey to the Kruger National Park, Shandon Lodge is the perfect stop for the first night. It is located high up in Nelspruit and you have about four hours’ drive from Johannesburg to get here. Shandon Lodge is a tastefully styled guest house with a large swimming pool which will cool you down when the humidity and temperatures are high. The owners of Shandon Lodge will serve you a home cooked meal in the evening and a breakfast box will be ready for the next morning when you leave early for your safari adventure. Shandon Lodge is about one hours’ drive from the Malalane Gate. This will be your entrance to Kruger.

Shamwari

Shamwari Game Reserve is malaria free as it is situated in the Eastern Cape and therefore catering for families is easy. They have one of the most successful private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa and also have luxurious accommodation to make your stay at Shamwari most memorable. There are 6 different types of accommodation which can be utilised under the Shamwari banner, all of which are 5 star. Each camp has its own unique atmosphere, designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape, making sure that the guests experience nature in excellent comfort.

Sanbona

The malaria-free Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is around a three-hour scenic drive from Cape Town in the heart of the Little Karoo, along Route 62 – the world’s longest wine route. At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, Sanbona boasts 58, 000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art, some dating back more than 3, 500 years, plus a unique boat safari. More than a Big 5 wilderness reserve, it’s the vastness of the landscape, the alluring stillness and isolation amid raw beauty and boundless plains that make Sanbona unique.