There are many private game reserves in Southern Africa, which makes the game viewing experience even more unique. The private game reserves neighbouring some of the most established national parks are known for their exquisite lodges and exceptional game viewing, and if you have the time and some extra money to indulge, we suggest you spend your time at one of these lodges. Most game reserves do not have any fences between them, and have agreements amongst the lodges to drive on each other’s property which gives guests more land to go off the beaten track and discover an extensive variety of fauna and flora.
Private reserves and concession areas rarely allow clients to self-drive through the park, resulting in less vehicles crowding around animal sightings. Most of the time, the lodges and camps provide their own specialised open sided 4×4 safari vehicles, often equipped with extra blankets for the cold mornings and evenings, sockets to charge your camera batteries, and a window seat for all.
The guides and drivers hired in the private concessions are highly qualified and well trained with knowledge of the terrain and wildlife behaviour.
Our top accommodation spots in Game Reserves
Madikwe Game Reserve
Molori Safari Lodge – Read More
The word “molori” means “to dream” in seTswana and truly captures the essence of the Molori Safari, arguably South Africa’s most luxurious game lodge. This five-suite retreat, originally built as the owners’ corporate and family escape, was constructed in 2002 in the heart of the 75,000-hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.
Amakhala Game Reserve
Amakhala Woodbury Lodge – Read More
Woodbury Lodge is spectacularly set against a cliff above the Bushmans River valley. It offers an intimate and tranquil experience of the Eastern Cape riverine bushveld at its best. It is the ideal place for couples or families to relax and enjoy the bush together.
Amakhala Bukela Game Lodge – Read More
Bukela Game Lodge is a romantic and secluded safari destination tucked away into indigenous trees and bushes at the top of a hidden valley. The tranquil lodge, suites and luxury tents are the perfect setting for the intimate guest experiences for which they’re renowned.
Kariega Game Reserve
Kariega Main Lodge – Read More
Main Lodge is the perfect destination for groups of friends and families seeking a special safari holiday of a life time. The Main Lodge balcony, bar and restaurant offer the very best views at Kariega, featuring magnificent panoramic vistas of green valleys and winding rivers.
Kariega River Lodge – Read More
River Lodge is a beautiful river-side lodge offering peace and tranquility to the most discerning of guests. This stunning stone and thatch safari lodge comprises 10 luxurious and air-conditioned suites decorated in a blend of traditional safari and crisp modernity.
Lalibela Game Reserve
Lalibela Kichaka Lodge – Read More
The main lodge at Kichaka is constructed in stone and thatch which blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. It overlooks a large water hole popular with hippo, giraffe, elephant and countless other game.
Lentaba Lodge – Read More
Lentaba, the “lodge on the hillside”, sleeps 20 people in ten secluded thatched chalets (5 luxury and 5 classic), placed where magnificent indigenous gardens merge into the surrounding bush.
Shamwari Game Reserve
Eagles Crag Lodge – Read More
Eagles Crag, offers you ultimate luxury and privacy and breath-taking scenery. Eagles Crag Lodge comprises suites fashioned of glass and stone.
andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge – Read More
Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the award-winning andBeyond Forest Lodge fuses architecture and conservation. The lodge was hand built by local artisans, with a minimal footprint on the forest floor – not one tree was felled during construction.
andBeyond Phinda Homestead – Read More
In this exclusive sole-use safari villa, the beauty of Africa’s wide open spaces is drawn indoors. Large sliding doors in four luxurious suites let in breathtaking vistas of the vast landscape below. Personal touches and the warmth of the Homestead’s dedicated staff, including a private ranger, tracker, butler and chef, bring renowned African hospitality to life.