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.

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 overlook the flowing Sterkstroom River, each one perched on the edge of the cliff, with a private deck and plunge pool. They provide ideal…

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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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Black Rhino Game Lodge, Pilanesberg

For a luxury bush breakaway near Johannesburg and Pretoria, you cannot beat Black Rhino Game Lodge. The lodge is set amongst the trees of an old Tamboti forest in an ancient volcanic crater on the western border of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. The Pilanesberg is a wildlife wonderland and is one of South Africa’s premier Big 5 safari destinations.…

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Kraalbaai Luxury Houseboats

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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