A safari is a soul-stirring experience and no visit to South Africa is complete without a stay in a private game reserve in the Kruger or Eastern Cape regions. The Kruger National Park with the adjacent game reserves is the flagship of the South African National Parks while the Eastern Cape offers a wealth of animal species including the Big Five. To get the most out of your safari experience, we recommend you spend at least two nights in a safari camp and enjoy morning and evening game drives. From Johannesburg, Kruger National Park is an easy flight away to a local airstrip while the Eastern Cape Reserves are reached via Port Elizabeth.
Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Located to the west of the legendary Kruger National Park, deep in the African bushveld and within South Africa’s famous Sabi Sand Reserve, this award-winning game reserve offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation and exceptional close wildlife encounters. Game drives are taken in opentop Land Rovers offering panoramic views of the wildlife. Families can reserve an exclusive safari vehicle for game drives.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge ★★★★★
This luxury lodge located at Sabi Sabi Private Game reserve features air-conditioned suites and overlooks a waterhole and an open plain. Luxury villas and the Mandleve Suite feature a private pool and beautiful patio facing a waterhole. 25 suites and villas, boma (outdoor reeded enclosure for dinner), lounge, boutique, EleFun kids’ club, outdoor pools and spa.
Riverdene Family Lodge ★★★★★
Located in Shamwari Private Game Reserve, this recently renovated family-friendly lodge offers elegant comfort particularly for families and provides many additional activities to entertain everyone. Children can engage in the ‘Kids on safari’ programme, visiting the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Born Free Centres. Nine luxury rooms, restaurant, lounge, shop, kids’ club, children’s outdoor adventure centre and outdoor pool.
Shamwari Game Reserve
The Shamwari Game Reserve is the oldest private reserve near Port Elizabeth and boasts the only Born Free Rescue Centre in the country. It consists of five eco-systems and supports many forms of plant, animal and bird life including wild dog, cheetah, hyena and hippopotamus. With two game drives per day – morning and evening; survey the areas, witness the birds of prey or spot one of the Big Five from the comfort and safety of open game vehicles.