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.

Sibuya Bush Lodge

Sibuya Bush Lodge is set in a pristine wilderness paradise in Sibuya Game Reserve. Malaria-free Sibuya is South Africa’s only game reserve accessed solely by boat. After departing from Kenton and enjoying a unique boat cruise up the Kariega Estuary, guests embark on a short game drive to the lodge. This stylish bush destination, which mushrooms from an indigenous forested…

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Sibuya River Camp

Malaria-free Sibuya is South Africa’s only game reserve accessed solely by boat. It is home to nearly 400 species of birds and 45 species of game, including the Big Five. After arriving at reception near the river mouth in Kenton-on-Sea, guests embark on a meandering 45-minute boat cruise to River Camp. A favourite amongst friends, families, and sole-use groups, this…

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Garden Route Paragliding Tour

See the Garden Route from a completely new perspective. You can now get a bird's-eye view of South Africa's stunning Western Cape coastline. This paragliding tour offers everything- adventure, excitement, and a truly unique thrill! Not many can say that they've had this kind of experience. This 5-day tour takes you on a paragliding adventure in the famous Garden Route…

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Elephant Lodge, Kaingo

Warm. Elegant. Peaceful. A perfect place to rest. Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp, Kaingo Elephant Lodge offers the ultimate luxurious safari experience. Built from natural stone with thatched roofs, the luxury game lodge has an olde worlde-Africa atmosphere, while also being completely contemporary. All comforts are catered for, and the décor is nature-inspired. Only 28 guests are accommodated…

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Joezebel Guesthouse, Pilanesberg

Joezebel Guesthouse is located in South Africa’s North West Province, just 5 minutes from the gate of the Big 5 Pilanesberg National Park. It is located near to a number of other attractions, including Sun City and Mankwe Dam. A little further afield, you find Borokalalo National Park, Madikwe Game Reserve, the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre, the Lesedi Cutural…

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Cradle Boutique Hotel

The stunning Cradle Boutique Hotel is situated in the Cradle of Humankind Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Gauteng province. This incredible wilderness is amazingly situated just a stone’s throw away from the second-largest urban area in Africa, Johannesburg. The luxury hotel features 16 timber-and-thatch suites, each with a full range of facilities and amenities. These include air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, satellite…

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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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