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.

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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Whalesong Hotel & Spa

Whalesong Hotel & Spa is nestled on a hill in a lush, landscaped garden above Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of South Africa’s Garden Route. From its vantage point, the hotel offers breathtaking views of the Keurbooms coastline and Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. Whalesong is a 4-star hotel, offering very good value in a warm, friendly atmosphere. It comprises of a lounge,…

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Zebra Country Lodge

Whether it is wildlife, culture, or peace and quiet that you seek, Zebra Country Lodge is the ideal getaway for special events, weddings, conferences and family leisure time. Discover this exclusive retreat in a tranquil bushveld setting, only 30km from Pretoria, and rejuvenate your soul. Various species of game, including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and antelope, can be viewed on guided…

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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 Private 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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Thakadu River Camp

Thakadu River Camp lies along the Marico River in the eastern section of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The tented camp is set upon a river bank, surrounded by tall trees and is frequently visited by wildlife. The main lodge offers a selection of seating areas for guests to choose from, and a central dining area. The swimming pool and bush…

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Nungubane Game Lodge

Nungubane Game Lodge is situated in the north western sector of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve. Guests are met at Welgevondens’ West gate and transferred to the lodge which is approximately 45 minutes away. This intimate lodge caters for up to ten people in five elegantly furnished and suitably spacious rooms all with a protected outdoor shower. Both the main…

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Komati Tented Lodge

Komati Tented Lodge situated in the Nkomazi Game Reserve in a unique malaria-free part of the Lowveld. This ultra-luxurious tented camp is situated on the thickly vegetated banks of the Komati River in the Barberton Mountains. All the suites are spacious, superbly furnished and adequately positioned for privacy. Guests can enjoy a dip in each unit’s private plunge pool or…

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Kololo Lodge

Kololo Game Lodge is situated on a small reserve adjacent to the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s beautiful Waterberg Mountains, roughly 3 hours from Johannesburg. The main camp area consists of a variety of accommodation types, and offers self-catering or full board service. Depending on group sizes, different rooms can be booked together- some with adjoining common areas.…

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