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.

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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Sibuya Forest Camp

Spanning the magnificent Kariega Estuary on its course to meet the warm Indian Ocean, malaria-free Sibuya is South Africa’s only Big 5 game reserve accessed solely by boat. After arriving at Sibuya’s reception near the river mouth in Kenton-on-Sea, guests embark on a meandering 45-minute boat cruise to the breathtakingly beautiful Reserve. Perfectly situated on the banks of the Kariega…

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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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Inverdoorn Game Lodge

Inverdoorn is a family-run private game reserve found in the heart of a typically open Karoo landscape. The camp is set amid large Eucalyptus trees with the rooms positioned around a cactus garden and main outdoor dining area. There is a small tortoise pen within the camp where large leopard tortoises can be observed in their contented meandering. The small,…

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Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a 60-roomed camp situated in the eastern corner of the renowned Pilanesberg National Park near Sun City. The camp can host large groups of up to 120 people and has modern conference facilities hosting up to 60 delegates in the largest hall and up to 20 in a smaller conference venue. There is an extensive…

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Jaci’s Safari Lodge, Madikwe

Accessed by means of a wooden swing bridge over a small stream, Jaci’s Safari Lodge has eight private rooms and two indulgent suites, accommodating up to twenty guests of any age. The main lodge is a modern take on the traditional safari style. The kitchen is open-plan, and the staff serve meals both indoors and outdoors or along the riverbed…

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Gondwana Family Lodge, Sanbona

Gondwana Lodge is a hotel-style lodge based on a traditional Karoo homestead design. The lodge and rooms all overlook a prominent dam in the distance, which attracts good quantities of game and birdlife. The main lodge is spacious, with modern furnishings. The rooms are situated in two detached buildings with six rooms in each (three on the lower floor and…

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Gondwana Fynbos Villas

Gondwana’s Fynbos Villas are individually situated on the high lying ridges of a Fynbos valley a short drive from the Fynbos Camp. These 2 or 3 bedroom units can be taken out on a full board or a self-catering basis. The units are extremely spacious and suitably furnished in a minimalistic fashion. Both the Fynbos Villas and the nearby Kwena…

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