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.


Kraalbaai Houseboats, Langebaan

Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay, one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, the focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist, and brooding salt marshes are home to vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere.…

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Thendele Lodge, Drakensberg

Thendele is famous for its views of the dramatic Drakensberg mountains. This includes the famous Amphitheatre, a rock wall rising to about 1000 m and stretching out for 5 km, and the Mont-aux-Sources, which is the highest peak of the plateau and backstage of the elevated Amphitheatre. Also within Royal Natal National Park is a source of KwaZulu-Natal's largest river…

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Muntulu Bush Lodge, Hluhluwe

Muntulu Bush Lodge is an affordable self-catering safari lodge, located in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Vast and picturesque, the reserve is home to a plethora of wildlife and birdlife species, including the Big 5. Muntulu is a self-catering lodge that provides accommodation for private groups of up to eight guests at a time. It consists…

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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is located on the slopes of an ancient volcano. The alkaline volcano fashioned the very hills that Kwa Maritane stands on today, hence it's name, which literally means "Place of the Rock". Kwa Maritane offers guests all the amenities of an exclusive resort within the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park - an easy drive of 2 hours…

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Bakubung Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg

Bakubung Bush Lodge is concealed within the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park and offers you everything you need to get in touch with the bush. These Pilanesberg lodges are set in an area where the Big 5 roam, a mere 2 hour drive from the hectic lifestyle of Johannesburg. Bakubung, or “People of the Hippo”, offers you…

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Tlopi Tented Camp, Marakele

The Tlopi Tented Camp in Marakele National Park is unfenced from the rest of the park, making your experience with nature an unsheltered, intimate one. The camp consists of ten luxury tents, each accommodating two people. The tents are fully furnished with kitchens, private bathrooms, electric fans, private verandas and barbecue facilities. One tent is wheelchair-friendly. There are fantastic bird-watching…

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Lilydale Rest Camp, Mokala

Mokala is SANParks’ newest addition to their family of parks and is situated approximately 70km south-southwest of Kimberley, and west of the N12 freeway to Cape Town. Nestled in the hills, Mokala's landscape boasts a variety of koppieveld (hills) and large open plains. Lilydale Rest Camp, located in the north-east of the park, offers 12 self-catering, air conditioned units overlooking…

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Umzolozolo Private Safari Lodge, Nambiti

Umzolozolo is a luxury boutique lodge situated on the lip of an open valley in the southern section of the Nambiti Conservancy. It hosts up to 12 guests in its five individual suites. The main lodge is well designed and creates a social atmosphere. The open plan dining and lounge areas flow out over a small garden towards the ideally…

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Nambiti Hills Game Lodge

Nambiti Hills Game Lodge is located on a rocky hillside with breathtaking panoramic bushveld views. The elegant lodge offers 8 luxurious double suites and one beautifully appointed honeymoon suite, which are positioned in a linear fashion away from the main lodge. All suites are air-conditioned and complemented by a notable variety of amenities to ensure a most lavish stay. Suites…

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Thandeka Lodge

Thandeka Lodge is ideally nestled in open woodland, reflecting its natural surroundings in a contemporary and colonial fashion. Guests are greeted by warm and welcoming staff with refreshing wet towels and ice cold drinks, followed by an informative lodge orientation. The lodge is located approximately 200 kilometres from Johannesburg at the malaria-free foothills of the grand Waterberg Mountain range in…

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