Check out our list of recommended places to see & things to do when visiting beautiful South Africa.

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Addo Elephant National Park

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South Africa’s top 8 private game lodges

The pride of Africa and its vast planes can be enjoyed in ultimate luxury. If you want the game park experience but desire something with a more private edge, check out these gorgeous lodges to get tight and personal with a Simba and Mufasa of your own.

  1. Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge- this lodge can be found in the Madikwe Game reserve and offers a once in a lifetime experience (unless of course you can’t resist returning!), the lodge has a secure, raised sleeping deck hidden into deep into the magic of the bush where you and one other can sleep under the stars with each other, the gentle breeze and the distant call of being in the wild for company. Who says Tarzan and Jane only exist as a Disney story. Although, if this isn’t for you, there are still 8 other luxury lodges available made to blend into the rustic atmosphere and be environmentally friendly as well as beautiful.
  2. Leopards Hill Game Reserve- Found in the western part of the Sabi Sand game reserve right next to the famous Kruger National Park. The game Reserve offers exquisite landscape views but also promises up close views of the big 5, of course with extra special leopard viewings. Along with the game drive they offer the opportunity for intimate bush weddings and world class cuisine on the deck of your own private lodge.
  3. Tswalu Kalahari- covering over 110,000 hectares of grasslands and mountains, Tswalu Kalahari is South Africa’s largest private game reserve where only 30 guests are allowed at a time in order to preserve the authenticity and magic of South Africa’s deep wildlife. Through a combined effort of conservation from the lodge and its guests the aim is to leave behind a legacy for future generations to enjoy. Tswalu offers personalised and tailor-made experiences, the exploration of endangered wildlife, diverse habitats and of course conservation. All from the breath-taking private accommodation.
  4. Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge- Madikwe game reserve is home to this exquisite private lodge that offers 75000 hectares of land, home to the big 5 and much more. Not only is the lodge set amongst boulders and a beautiful landscape but is strategically placed in the centre of the reserve so that guests get the upper hand in order to see the best that the reserve has to offer. Another important bonus is that Madikwe is a malaria free game reserve!
  5. Singita Lebombo Lodge– Lebombo Lodge offers “front row seats” to the Kruger National park and is unique in its design and structure- juxtaposing contemporary with African for a dramatic and authentic twist. The private villa boasts a roof terrace, a wine studio, a rooftop view area, friendly staff and a pool. It also has a spa, private game walks, archery, a gym, a boutique and gallery, photography, cooking classes and game drives. This lodge gives definition to exploring wildlife in style.
  6. Royale Malewane- The Kruger National Park is home to phenomenal wildlife butt also to this luxury lodge which is situated in the greater areas of the park in the Thorny Bush Private Game Reserve. Royale Malewane offers modern luxuries in an authentic setting. The game viewings cannot be rivalled as the guides are some of the best there is and are known for getting right up close to the big 5. After a long day of sight seating guests are invited to unwind at the luxury spa. The combination of relaxation and exploration is perfection.
  7. Ivory Lodge Lion Sands- situated in Mpumalanga, Ivory Lodge is not only heaven on earth but built from earth. Steel, wood, thatch, grass, water and sand is used to create the lodge and connect guests to nature in every possible way causing the experience to be holistic and multi- dimensional. Many of the Villa’s over look the Sabie River and other comforts include a lounge and dining area, a gym, an art gallery and a spa.
  8. Thanda Safari- “Thanda” means “love” in isiZulu and that’s exactly what it portrays. A love for nature, a love for animals and a love for the Zulu culture. The experience, which can be found in the KwaZulu Natal, includes wildlife at its finest, magnificent staying quarters and an immersive experience in the culture. There is also a strong emphasis on conservation for future generations, because beauty like this should last many lifetimes!

There are so many exotic options to choose from when it comes to luxury lodges but rest assured, where ever you land up will be an experience to treasure.

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South Africa Holidays – A holiday for everyone

A guide to South Africa Holidays

If you’re looking for heaven on earth and a place that literally has something for everyone, look no further than the magical South Africa. South Africa holidays are truly some of the very best holidays that you can have. And we say magical because who would have thought that one country has so many tricks up its sleeve! South Africa is the ideal place for any holiday seeker as it offers more than one could begin to imagine.

For those big city people, Johannesburg is the ultimate bustling vibe but it’s not just any city- it’s got its unique cultural twist. Craft Art Markets in town are available over the weekend and the first Thursdays of the month, art galleries stay open late at night especially for this occasion and if you’re lucky you may even catch some live bands or salsa classes.

If this still isn’t exciting enough, try out some roller coasters in the famous theme park- Gold Reef City where rides and South Africa’s mining history combine to form an exhilaratingly cultural day. South Africa holidays can provide something for everyone to enjoy.

Another unique experience near Johannesburg for those adrenalin junkies is the Lion and Rhino park where you not only get to see lions in the wild, but you actually get to pat and play with rehabilitated baby cubs. This is definitely something to boast to friends about.

Near the Lion and Rhino park are the Sterkfontein caves which are not only home to some of the world’s richest fossil history but also home to Mrs Ples which is one of the most perfect pre- human skulls ever found. So not only is South Africa the perfect holiday destination but apparently the perfect place for pre-human inhabitation.

If this is a tad on the heavy side, take a break in Sun City (near Johannesburg), where the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place. There is a man- made beach, casino, game park, water slides, luxury hotels, a golf course and much more! We’ve simply mentioned some highlights of the main city Johannesburg, we haven’t even glanced at the rest of the country.

Cape Town- one of the most beautiful cities in the world is home of Table Mountain, one of the 7 Natural World Wonders but also home of many other mountains to climb, explore and see views from. The mountains also contribute to the exquisite setting. But that’s not all. Along with mountains Cape Town has the best beaches in the world including Camps Bay, Clifton, Llundudno and Muizenberg which is picture perfect thanks to the little coloured huts that live on the beach. Each beach has a dramatically coloured ocean contrasted with perfect white sand and many exotic holiday makers in peak season. Boulders Beach even offers the opportunity to sun bath next to penguins!

What makes the oceans in Cape Town very special is that some beaches are off the Atlantic Ocean and the other beaches are off the Indian ocean. One can see the exact point where these two oceans meet! This is called Cape Point and is an absolute must!

For the cherry (or rather grape on top), there are breath taking scenic wine farms that not only offer top quality wine, food and venues but are also environmentally conscious. From Cape Town to more beautiful beaches in Plettenburg Bay one can take a scenic route called the Garden Route which is proof that life isn’t always about the destination but about the journey itself.

No good African holiday is complete without a safari. The Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg and many others are the perfect opportunity to live the African dream and see some of the Big Five which are Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino and Elephant in action. This can be done in the comfort of luxury lodges or even in tents to be as close to nature as possible.

Although the big cities are given most of the attention, there are many “off the beaten track” cultural towns on the East Coast which are untouched and exquisite.

Just when you think that this couldn’t get any better, South African people are known to be some of the friendliest in the world (any one would be living in such an awesome place), with rich culture, an amazing atmosphere and deep history which can be learnt about and re-visited and many museums. All these attractions can be done under the sunny skies and perfect weather that of course South Africa is also known for.

Come on over, catch some sun, befriend some lions or ancient skulls and participate in the incredible country where dreams really do come true. South Africa holidays are waiting to be enjoyed by all!

Check out the infographic below for some useful information, and please feel free to browse our website – you should be able to find the answers to all your pre-travel queries right here on our site, you are also free to Contact Us with any queries you mayhave – you can also find a ton of more information on Wikipedia

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Useful infographic for travellers to South Africa

 

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