Five of the best luxury Safari Camps and Lodges in South Africa



Located in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve, just outside Kruger National Park, Garonga is a ‘safari for the soul’ that offers Big 5 bush getaways with all the creature comforts and more. The six classic en-suite tents of Garonga Safari Camp blend seamlessly into their surrounds, whilst the three luxury suites at Little Garonga make this a honeymoon destination no-brainer. Along with the candlelit outdoor bath, a special feature at Garonga is the Sleep Out Deck, where dinner and rest are enjoyed under the stars. Wake up to the sounds of the bush and finish the day with a game drive followed by sundowners or being pampered at the Massage Sala

The Ant Collection

Ant’s Hill and Ant’s Nest are the elegant bush homes of The Ant Collection, found in a private game reserve in the serene Waterberg region. While the cottages range from standard to superior deluxe, all maximise their location’s natural beauty with look-out points to get lost in the almost endless views. Hideaway Cottage is an ultra-luxurious, private cottage that is spacious enough for a small family but also intimate enough for a couple. World’s View Cottage is perfect for families of five or two couples travelling together. The highlight is definitely the upstairs bedroom, which has a private balcony with an outside bath that overlooks the valley below.

Rhino Sands Safari Camp

In the heart of The Zulu Kingdom sits Rhino Sands, a luxury safari camp that promises outstanding wildlife viewing experiences in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve. Since only eight guests can stay at the camp at any one time, Rhino Sands gives its guests a private and exclusive safari getaway. All four tents are nestled into their own secluded patch of riverine forest and feature a private living area, outdoor shower, and swimming pool. The classic structural design of the tents is met with contemporary furnishings using locally sourced materials and bespoke luxury finishes.

Makakatana Bay Lodge

Nestled into the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, Makakatana is the cherry on top of this unique safari destination in South Africa. As a privately-owned lodge, guests are welcomed as family and the main lodge is the heart of Makakatana. Attention to detail and thoughtful touches are encountered throughout the luxury suites and communal areas, whilst warm, personal service translates into a comfortable and relaxing stay. Makakatana not only offers Big 5 safari day trips and safaris within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park but also beach safaris and horseback rides along golden sandy beaches.

Rhino River Lodge

Also in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, just outside the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Rhino River Lodge is a relaxed safari lodge that offers fantastic value for money, whilst still providing guests with beautiful lodgings and excellent customer service. South Africa’s well-known friendly hospitality shines through at Rhino River and the wilderness gives way to elegant simplicity in each of the three types of accommodation. The Homestead is an exclusive four-sleeper safari home, with two fully en-suite bedrooms that feature an outdoor shower, and a large private swimming pool.

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