Lodges, Camps & Game Reserves – Places to stay
!Xaus Lodge (pronounced as “Kaus” or with a palatal “click” and meaning “heart” in Nama) is a community-owned lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that offers guests a full-service, experience including all meals and four-star accommodation, wilderness walks with trackers, game drives and opportunities to meet local San artists while they create their traditional crafts.
Kololo Game Reserve is located in the heart of the Waterberg biosphere in Limpopo, South Africa. Bordering the renowned Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, this is a fascinating destination with a rich cultural legacy, unique natural biodiversity and breathtaking scenery. Kololo offers “Big Five” safaris in the Welgevonden as well as guided game walks and drives on its own property, which is home to a variety of indigenous wildlife.
Kwalata is situated in the Dinokeng Game Reserve just an hour from Johannesburg and 40km north of South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria. This beautiful area of African bushveld is home to more than 17 species of plains game as well as the “Big 5” - elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino - and other predators such as cheetah.
Leshiba Wilderness is a magical game reserve situated high up in the breathtakingly beautiful Soutpansberg Mountains in the north of Limpopo, South Africa. With more than 380 species of indigenous tree and abundant animal and bird life, Leshiba is also a celebration of the local Venda culture, with its Venda Village a loving recreation of a traditional community by renowned artist Noria Mabasa.
Madi a Thavha, meaning “water from the mountains”, is set in a beautiful and quiet valley of the Soutpansberg Mountains of northern Limpopo in South Africa, only a 10km drive from the centre of the town of Louis Trichardt. With warm hospitality, excellent food and stylish accommodation, the lodge is a celebration of the art and culture of the local Venda, Tsonga and Northern Sotho people.
Mashovhela Lodge is situated in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve - a natural heritage site in the heart of the Soutpansberg Mountains in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. The lodge offers guests the chance to explore the nature reserve with a local guide, with trails winding through indigenous forests, along streams, past waterfalls to the sacred Mashovela rock pool. With more than 540 species of birds recorded on the reserve, it is also a birding hotspot.
Guests arrive at Motswari as strangers and leave as friends. This sentiment is the hallmark of this traditional safari camp in the heart of South Africa’s Timbavati private game reserve - part of the greater Kruger National Park. Motswari conjures up the elements of African nostalgia, romance and charm and combines them with warm, personal touches to provide the opportunity for guests to commune directly with nature.
Pakamisa Lodge is situated in its own private game reserve near Pongola, in the rolling hills of South Africa’s northern KwaZulu-Natal. It’s name means “to lift up” in the Zulu vernacular, which is fitting considering the work this beautiful lodge does to uplift and protect its precious wilderness, staff and local communities. This is a horse-lover’s paradise, with unforgettable riding offered through the reserve, as well as tailor-made activities such as guided game drives, bush walks, archery and botany courses.
Safari Lodge lies in a valley of indigenous bush at the northern boundary of the 7200ha Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. This thatched lodge with its unique safari huts and stone-capped roof tops offers all the comforts of a luxury lodge and is also an undisturbed retreat where guests can regenerate in tune with nature. Game drives are taken both on Amakhala reserve and in the Addo Elephant National Park, offering the complete “Big Five” experience.
Against the magnificent backdrop of South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains, overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley in the Spioenkop Game Reserve lies Three Tree Hill lodge (aka Three Trees at Spioenkop). This eco-friendly lodge offers spectacular scenery, locally grown farm-style country fare and superb hospitality. With mountain bikes, endless hiking trails and guided horse-riding available, Three Trees is the perfect “halfway house” between Johannesburg and Durban.