South Africa is Africa’s most popular and best-developed travel destination is famed for its sun-soaked beaches and vast game reserves, but it also provides exceptional opportunities to indulge in pursuits as varied as wine-tasting, hiking and museum-hopping.
South Africa is a land of extraordinary natural wealth and variety. Indeed, one recent ecological survey ranked it as the third-most important country in the world in terms of biodiversity. The Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino – roam freely through South Africa’s premier safari destination, the vast Kruger National Park, along with a host of other iconic large mammals.
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
As do all of Sir Richard Branson’s retreats, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, with 20 rooms and suites, prides itself on offering a completely personal and exclusive experience. Here on the edge of the vast Kruger National Park, you’ll track the “big five” in open vehicles while knowledgeable guides educate you about the animals and their habitats. And although you’re deep in the African bush, you’ll experience the five-star luxury you would expect at a fine boutique hotel – from world-class spa treatments in the Aroma Boma Spa to remarkable cuisine and fine wines shared with other fortunate guests.
Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
You’re treated like family at Lion Sands Game Reserve, owned by the More family for four generations. Set along the banks of the Sabie River and attracting abundant “big five” wildlife from Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, Lion Sands has four luxurious lodges: River Lodge, Ivory Lodge, Tinga Lodge, and Narina Lodge. To get above the bush, reserve one of the three Treehouse experiences. Enjoy daily game drives, nature walks, a hippo tour, and a bush dinner with stargazing. Visit the local Huntington village to meet the children and teachers of Henna and Jabez preschools, via Lion Sands’ community outreach program.
Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Don’t be surprised to see African wildlife wandering right by one of the lodges at Shamwari Private Game Reserve. These tucked-away accommodations put nature at the reserve’s doorstep, with amenities like secluded plunge pools, indoor and outdoor dining areas, fireplaces, and expansive decks overlooking the Bushman’s River. Plus, every aspect of a stay is customized to each groups’ needs from gourmet meals and relaxing spa treatments to immersive game drives and guided photography safaris.
Singita Sabi Sand
Set along the banks of the Sand River in Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Singita Sabi Sand offers guests exclusive access to this protected part of South Africa, known for high concentrations of big game. Guests may choose between Singita Ebony Lodge, a contemporary safari lodge; Singita Boulders Lodge, inspired by nature; or Singita Castleton, a private-use, villa-style home. Singita Sabi Sand offers a safari with fine dining, wines, and world-class service, along with daily activities. Singita’s long-term commitment to the preservation of Africa’s wilderness for future generations shines through in conservation and community work.
Tswalu Kalahari strives to “restore the Kalahari to itself.” To achieve this enlightened mission, Tswalu allows just 30 guests the privilege of experiencing the vast savannas and diverse wildlife of South Africa’s largest private game reserve; each booking receives a private vehicle, guide, and tracker. Accommodations include the five-suite Tarkuni, which comes with a chef, swimming pool, and a private vehicle. In Motse, nine individual legae dwellings – including three for families – offer a fireplace, outdoor shower, and private deck.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge
Tintswalo Safari Lodge is a luxury five-star lodge nestled in the heart of South Africa’s untouched African wilderness. Each opulent suite offers the finest facilities and private plunge pools that overlook the rugged bushveld. Enjoy an authentic safari while indulging in the luxuries of a world-class five-star lodge. Be astounded by the abundance of wildlife from the comfort of the lodge decks and enjoy “big five” excursions on daily game drives. Bush breakfasts and spontaneous sundowners in the wilds are a sure delight, creating unforgettable memories of Africa.
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