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Trips SA offers a free booking service for all the Game Lodges.  Phone them on
(013) 764-1177, or
(013) 767-1886

 

Malaria Precautions

If you are visiting the Lowveld, such as Hazyview, Hoedspruit, the Kruger National Park and most of the Private Game Reserves, you need to take medication before you enter the area.

Please consults your doctor of pharmacist.

Game Drives
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Game Walks

Most Lodges offer game drives & walks. 

Trips SA can also source and facilitate game drives & walks to day visitors.  Phone them on
(013) 764-1177, or
(013) 767-1886

 

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Game Lodges

Superior Lodges
Excellent Lodges
Good Quality Lodges
A large number of Private Game Reserves are located on the western border of the Kruger National Park. There are no fences between these reserves and the KNP and the wildlife move freely throughout the greater Kruger Biosphere.
 
Webmaster's Note
The winter months are the best times of the year to visit the Game Reserves. The weather is mild, the sunsets breathtaking and the stars seem that much closer in the crisp, dry evening air.  With low winter rainfall, the animals are concentrated around the water holes and the bush is also less dense.  The much lower prevalence of mosquitoes also significantly reduces the risk of contracting malaria.

Sabie is an ideal stop-over to and from the Game Lodges.

Photo: SA TourismA proliferation of privately run Game Lodges are located within the Private Game Reserves. At these Lodges visitors are able to experience a variety of options, with different emphases being placed on various aspects of wildlife management.

Until recently these options were unaffordable to the average individual.  This has changed.  Patrons from all walks of life can now enjoy the value of a maximum experience for their money in the shortest time span, and yet receive individual attention from specialists.

Superior Game Lodges
Photo: SA Tourism Game Lodges in the highest category world wide that combine unpretentious but supreme luxurious comfort with unparalleled game viewing, while paying attention in the minutest detail to customer needs in the finest Envirotels on the African continent.

Their uncompromisingly high standards of service, sound conservation and responsible environmental management practices are legendary.  Numerous International awards bear testimony to all this attention to detail.

Priced from R3000/person/night.

Sable Camp (Sabi Sand)
Situated at the southern end of the MalaMala Camp in a prime elevated position overlooking the Sand River and surrounding bush, the Sable Camp is an ideal retreat for the more reclusive traveller who prefers privacy and exclusivity. The Sable Camp accommodates 14 guests in 5 luxury suites and the Lions Den - a 2-bedroomed, spacious luxury suite with magnificent views, accommodation 4 guests.

The fully air-conditioned, beautifully appointed Sable Camp has a truly colonial feel enhanced with modern comforts. A library with satellite television and internet connectivity give one the option to stay in touch with the world whilst the intimate safari bar, swimming pool and large wooden deck surrounding the camp provide the platform from which to admire the unimpeded views that make the Sable Camp experience so rich and interactive.


Kirkman's Camp (Sabi Sand)
Located on an elevated site overlooking the Sand River with spectacular views of the unspoilt wilderness as far as the eye can see.  Breakfast and lunch are either served in the main house, or on the shady surrounding verandahs. Dinner is a very special event taken under the stars in a reed enclosed boma around a camp fire.

Each of the 18 cottages is furnished in authentic colonial style, except for the air-conditioning and overhead fans.  In the interests of personal safety, and in keeping with the exclusivity synonymous with the camp - no children under 12 are permitted.


MalaMala Main Camp (Sabi Sand)
MalaMala is South Africa’s legendary and exclusive safari destination. Internationally acknowledged as “the top game viewing destination in the world”, it is set in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the Sand River.

The ochre coloured buildings are clustered amid shady trees and manicured lawns overlooking the Sand River. The individually decorated, spacious and comfortable rooms under traditional thatching, enjoy spectacular views and are equipped with “his” and “hers” bathrooms, 24 hour temperature control, insect proofing, direct dial telephones, a mini-bar and a mini safe. Despite the comfort offered, MalaMala retains an authentic camp atmosphere, where the attention to detail for which MalaMala is world famous is obvious.


Rattrays on Mala Mala (Sabi Sand)
Rattray’s on MalaMala represents a classical “into Africa” safari experience in keeping with MalaMala’s history of presenting an authentic view of wildlife in Africa to the discerning traveler.

The Rattray’s camp experience is exclusive, with each of the eight comfortable suites occupying its own elevated site overlooking the Sand River. Filtered plunge pools complete each of the secluded verandahs and an outdoor dining area provides the ideal vantage point from which to enjoy bush cuisine in complete privacy. Each guest has the choice of remaining connected to the outside world from the sanctuary of their room via continuous internet connectivity and satellite television.


Ulusaba Rock Lodge (Sabi Sand)
Carved deep into the Ulusaba rock itself, each of the luxurious ten bedrooms is air conditioned with private decks overlooking the far-reaching savannah below. The interiors have been designed with traditional colours and weavings to create a truly magical environment.

The stunning infinity pool, with its natural waterfall, is the ideal location to enjoy the tranquility of the African bush. This magnificent lodge is sure to provide a spiritual awakening and adventure that will leave you longing to return to this special place.


Ulusaba Safari Lodge (Sabi Sand)
Built along the banks of the Mabrak riverbed,  a romantic, rustic style lodge nestled in the Riverine bush, offering superb game viewing from the nearby watering hole. The 10 rooms, all of which have their own private sundecks, is ideal for whiling away the glorious African sundowns against sounds of wildlife preparing for the night.

The rooms are built 'tree house style', with wooden bungalows on stilts, offering that extra degree of privacy and exclusiveness - some of them being accessed by specially designed wooden swing bridges. These bridges pass through treetops allowing safe access to guests' rooms while giraffe and elephant amble below.

Dinner is served in the traditional safari manner and can be enjoyed in the contemporary dining room or outdoors by the warmth of the Boma fire, where the local Shangaan staff welcome the opportunity to impart their legacy of African knowledge.


Excellent Game Lodges
Photo: SA Tourism Game Lodges that offer luxury exclusivity and diversity including tented camps in many instances being reminiscent of colonial safari days.

They provide discreet personal service, but welcome families.  They boast the usual compliment of extras including the Big 5 and most other species of game.  Uncompromising high standards of conservation and sound environmental management practices prevail.  Conference facilities are also available at some Lodges.

Prices between R700 and R3000/person/night.

 
Akeru (Timbavati)
An intimate and exclusive safari lodge situated in the Timbavati, adjoining the Kruger National Park.  All safaris are conducted by professional rangers and trackers over 8000ha of pristine big five country.


Chitwa Chitwa Camp (Sabi Sand)
The Lodge is clustered round a dam visited, on occasions, by a hippo.  Each of the elegant, thatched cottages is equipped with all the luxuries, including an outside shower.  The Lodge is known for it's delicious spread of food, the pretty setting, fine lodging and 5-star game drives.


Djuma Bush Lodge (Sabi Sand)
Eight luxury thatched cottages set in a rambling garden. After meals its customary to move to one of the couches on the dining room deck - build treetop height and overlooking a waterhole.  Elephants are kept out of the garden by an electrified fence surrounding the camp.


Elephant Plains (Sabi Sand)
Experience the thrill of coming face-to-face with Africa's Big Five. The spacious en-suite chalets offer luxurious accommodation in a scenic African setting.  A day in Africa ... creates a lifetime of memories.


Idube (Sabi Sand)
A well established, 10-year old, lodge with cottages set among trimmed lawn and old, gnarled trees. A popular custom is the Shangaan dancers before the evening bush dinner which is served in the huge fire and lantern-lit boma. 


Ingwe (Karongwe)
Perfect tranquillity, superb accommodation & exquisite cuisine in a Big 5 Game Reserve.

 


Inyati (Sabi Sand)
The Lodge's lawns spread down to the edge of the Sand River - one of only two perennial rivers in the area where wildlife abound.  Enjoy wildlife on foot during the daily bush walks, or from the edge of a sparkling swimming pool, tree-shaded deck or through the French panes of your chalet.


Mohlabetsi Main Camp  (Balule)
This intimate Lodge (with it's thatched rondawels set amongst shady trees and a refreshing pool) and the Bush Camp (with it's 4 rustic rondawels) offers a thatched lapa overlooking a waterhole where animals come to drink.  Game drives and foot safaris reveal a variety of wildlife and birds.  Dinners are served in the boma to the background sounds of lion, hyaena and jackal.


Nkorho (Sabi Sand)
Personalised service in a homely atmosphere. Enjoy African cuisine in typical safari style.  Night game drives in open, state of the art, TD5 Land Rovers.  Trained Rangers and Trackers will ensure an unforgettable wildlife experience.


Savanna (Sabi Sand)
A unique tented roof, colonial style camp reminiscent of a bygone era.  Romantic spacious tented chalets with draped inner ceilings offer absolute luxury and privacy. Three of the 7 chalets are executive chalets with full en-suite bathrooms, own private swimming pool, indigenous garden and are fully air-conditioned.  The dining room, lounge, bar and wooden deck all overlook a waterhole.


Tangala (Thornybush)
Accommodation for 10 guests in en-suite rooms with an authentic "colonial" atmosphere.  Enjoy personalised service and an ultimate African bush experience.


Djuma Vuyatela (Sabi Sand)
Private air-conditioned accommodation, each offering a large bedroom, dressing room, private luxury bathroom with an outside shower, private splash pool and lounge with bar fridge.  Guests have a choice of dining in the dining room or outside boma. Lunches are served "picnic basket" style in your kaya (Shangaan word for house). Game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers with well qualified rangers and trackers.


Good Quality Lodges
Photo: SA Tourism Game Lodges offering a more basic experience - some with self catering facilities, tented camps and unstructured D.I.Y. touring. Some Lodges - although relatively inexpensive - provide surprisingly luxurious fare, but with a more rustic earthy ambiance.  Groups and families are most welcome.

These Lodges are set within properly managed and maintained reserves where the soundest wildlife management and environmental practices prevail and where the game viewing experience is as exciting as anywhere else.

Priced at below R500/person/night.

 

Camp Pod (Klaserie)
The Klaserie River cuts through clumps of combretum trees where, on it's banks, herds of elephants graze and cool off.  A shady green oasis sleeping 8 people in 2 rondawels with 2 double rooms each sharing a bathroom.  Hammocks shaded by old bushwillows, African wattles and tamboti trees are the place to chill out after walks and/or game drives.  The whole camp must be booked.

 


Ezulwini (Balule)
A camp with character with canvas dome tents behind reed enclosures.  Furnishings are minimal - a thick mattress for a sound sleep and a wooden chest for your goodies. The camp has a flush loo with a view and showers.

 


Djuma Galago (Sabi Sand)
A small self-catering camp, with air conditioned rooms and en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are arranged around a cool courtyard with a bar area and a splash pool overlooking a grassy plain which is a favourite with buffalo herds.  Included in the price is your ranger who is at your command for game drives and walks.  The camp sleeps 10 people and must be booked as a whole.


Inkwazi (Timbavati)
A laid back and friendly family-run bush camp with self-catering facilities.  There are open grassveld, rivers bounded with impenetrable forest and beautiful dams with lookout spots for sundowners.  Morning and evening game drives, as well as a bush walk after breakfast are offered.


Mohlabetsi Bush Camp (Balule)
The lodge overlooks a valley and a very popular waterhole. Background music is compliments of bearded woodpeckers announcing their territory.  The lodge rooms are comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms and African decor. There is a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering.  The Lodge sleeps 10 people and must be booked as a whole.


Ruimte (Thornybush)
Private, luxury en-suite accommodation with thatched pub overlooking a water hole.  Superb cuisine, swimming pool, wonderful 'lapa' barbeque area set in magnificent gardens. Day & night Big 5 drives with spectacular scenery and sunsets, hiking trails and White Lion sundowners.


Tshukudu (Tshukudu)
A lion breeding centre in a Big-5 Reserve.  Tame, hand reared elephant, lion cubs, leopard and cheetah accompany guests on their game walk.  The Bush Camp is a cluster of stone-and-thatch rondavels, modest but comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms.  Kitchen and boma for bush braais.  Swimming pool and lookout deck over a waterhole.


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