Bush camps and game lodges on game reserves situated close to South Africa's major cities (near Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth) are popular with city folk looking to get back to nature over a weekend. Here are a collection of great safaris and bush breaks situated close to the city.


Honeyguide Ranger Camp, Entabeni

Honeyguide Ranger Camp is a tented safari camp located in the spectacular Waterberg region of South Africa. The camp is found in the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, a 22000-hectare malaria-free Big 5 reserve. The camp offers comfortable accommodation, excellent facilities exciting safari activities and superb game-viewing. It is made up of 13 tented suites, each raised off the ground and providing…

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Mantuma Camp, Mkhuze

Mkhuze Mantuma Camp is a classic safari lodge, located in the stunning Mkhuze Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The reserve features a range of habitat types and wildlife species, including the Big 5. The self-catering lodge features a variety of accommodation types, each with different facilities and accommodating between 2 and 6 people. From the more luxurious family…

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Elephant Rock Safari Lodge, Nambiti

Superbly sited overlooking a waterhole, Elephant Rock is a charming boutique safari lodge offering luxury accommodation for up to 10 people. Experience a home-away-from-home true bush lodge experience for the entire family including extraordinary game viewing, on game drives; exquisite cuisine; and high standards of service - all at exceptional value for money. Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge boasts five…

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Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, Hluluwe

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is located in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal Province, in the spectacular Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park. The 4 star lodge is a luxurious haven in the heart of the Big 5 wilderness. If offers various accommodation types that can house up to 36 guests. The decadent luxury villas and the spectacular honeymoon suites are all outfitted with en-suite…

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Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a lodge concession awarded by the North West Parks and Tourism Board within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The entire lodge lies in an exclusive use zone in the south-western portion of the 57,250ha, “Big 5″ and malaria free Reserve. The magnificent main lodge acts as a central gathering point and social environment for all…

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Tshwene Lodge, Welgevonden

Tshwene Game Lodge is situated in the Taaibos River valley on the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, home to the Big 5 and malaria-free. Rich in mammal and bird life, Tshwene is a retreat well suited to those looking to get away from the chaos of city life. The 5 privately located suites all offer great views of the valleys below…

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Ekuthuleni Lodge, Welgevonden

Ekuthuleni Game Lodge is one of the gems of the Welgevonden Game Reserve. Aside from great Big 5 game viewing, guests can relax next to the swimming pool overlooking sweeping grassy plains during the day, or watch the sun as it sets at the end of each day. If the weather is cool, curl up with a book in one…

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Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp, Mabula

Discreetly tucked away in the tree line on the edge of the magnificent Mvubu plain in the 12 000 hectare Mabula Private Game Reserve is Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp. The five luxurious en-suite tents have been designed with soft furnishings in strong hues of rich African colour and are raised on platforms in order to maximize privacy. This is the…

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Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway, Waterberg

A tribute to the unique splendour of the African Wilderness, Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway towers over the landscape, combining modern African living, simplicity and an abundance of flavour with a unique wildlife experience. Eight luxury suites overlooking the flowing Sterkstroom River, each one perched on the edge of the cliff, with a private deck and plunge pool, the ideal opportunity…

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Mabula Game Lodge, Waterberg

Convenient, elegant and understated luxury, an encounter with South Africa’s bushveld awaits at Mabula Game Lodge. The lodge is located just two and half hours’ drive from Johannesburg in the ‘Malaria Free’ Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. Diverse landscapes, including grassland plains and rocky outcrops create the ideal habitat for the Big 5 as well as the little creatures…

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