Welcome to the jewel of the Otjipatera Mountains. The Etusis Lodge is a small oasis in the heart of our nature reserve. A row of grass-covered buildings built with natural stone from Etusis is your retreat after a long journey or the day's excursions.
The homely Etusis Lodge is situated in a beautiful private game reserve 40 km from Karibib and offers a choice of accommodation ranging from camping and self-catering to private bungalows with half board, some of which are wheelchair-accessible. Relax at the pool to the sounds of nature or enjoy many activities, e.g. game drives, nature walks or horse riding.
At the heart of the property is our restaurant and main building with the bar under a camel thorn tree. A sundowner has never tasted better - when you step out onto the terrace, you can enjoy the view of our embankment with the small waterhole, which is frequented by kudus, zebras and baboons. Behind it rises the Etusis marble mountains and the mighty Otjipatera massif.
Our grass roof bungalows are spread around our pool. A wonderful opportunity to cool off, especially during the warm lunchtime. A table tennis table offers further variety. Our small museum with artifacts from Etusis and the surrounding area from nature or history invites you to visit and also serves as a room for conferences.
We have a lot to offer - don't just come for one night but rather stay with us for two, or even better, three nights, giving you the chance to really experience Etusis and pursue various activities. To travel the 17km from the C32 only for one night in our - admittedly very beautiful - bungalows would be a shame.
Hitgeheim Country Lodge
Accommodation in an eco-reserve at the heart of the Sundays River Valley Addo area. Only minutes from the Addo Elephant National Park.
Accommodation is provided in stylishly furnished chalets with luxurious bathrooms, and all include wooden decks with breathtaking views over citrus orchards and the sweeping countryside. Experience the serenity of waking up to the haunting cries of the fish-eagles, residents to the Sundays River below.
Accompany our guide on an Addo Elephant National Park Safari for the best elephant viewing in the world. Arrange an exhilarating safari, visit one of the near-by Addo ‘Big 5’ private game reserves or simply go for a walk on one of the many trails on our grounds. Afterwards, have a refreshing swim in our pool, or sundowners on the veranda before sitting down to a gourmet dinner by candlelight. We encourage you to select your wine from our private collection from the walk-in cellar before your meal. We trust that here, you will experience true South African hospitality at its best.
Hopewell Private Game Reserve
We provide luxurious and stylish accommodation to a very limited number of guests. Our African lodge has sweeping views over the grassland and forest that typifies the beauty and diversity of this region.
The secluded and spacious Hopewell Lodge is perfectly positioned for panoramic views and designed to blend into the landscape. Perched above the elephants’ favourite watering hole, the viewing deck is the ideal spot for afternoon cocktails and our sumptuous meals.
The lodge is largely built from local stone and thatch and landscaped to compliment the hill on which it rests. Furnished in contemporary safari style with a focus on comfort and relaxation, the lodge is airy and light, with thatch to insulate against the African summer heat and fireplaces to ward off the winter chill.
There are two comfortable lounges, a dining area for the days when weather does not permit al fresco dining and an intimate conference room. The upstairs lounge has the lodges only television and the downstairs lounge is home to the bar.
Situated in South Africa’s beautiful and diverse Eastern Cape, close to the Addo Elephant National Park, Hopewell Private Game Reserve is easily accessible.
We are a 50 minute road trip from the city of Port Elizabeth’s airport and this attractive city is connected to the Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town international Airports by frequent daily flights.
There are four Luxury Suites named Buffalo, Nguni, Zebra and Rhino. These suites are secluded in their own private patch of bush with sweeping views across the valley below. The suites are connected to the Hopewell Lodge by a series of pathways and steps.
Each suite has a wide deck with an umbrella as well deck chairs and sun lounges.
With the exception of the Nguni Suite, they also have plunge pools. The Nguni Suite, to its credit, has a fabulous private bush gazebo with views over the waterhole below.
The open-plan interior of the suites flows seamlessly from a luxurious lounge to the sleeping area to the open bathroom. The rooms are light and spacious with large sliding doors that open onto the deck.
The suites are not only luxurious but romantic too. Each room has a large fireplace between the bed and the large bath tub. The tub has been placed close to the glass wall allowing for views into the bush.
Indalu Game Lodge
Join us for a memorable vacation on the Garden Route at our stunning Indalu Game Reserve and lodge, located just 20km from Albertinia and 30km from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, South Africa. Our game lodge is situated only a few kilometres from the magnificent coastline in one of the best adventure holiday destinations in the world. Jet in with a private craft to the Mossel Bay airfield or journey on from the George airport which is 70 km away, and you can reach the Cape Town International Airport on an easy 3.5 hours drive.
For the discerning visitors who want to prolong their stay at Indalu, there are luxury chalets on the banks of the river with personalised service and a fully equipped central kitchen for self-catering and outside lapa area. Dinner and breakfast are available as optional extras.
Each chalet is equipped with 3/4 twin beds and a queen-size bed, with one bathroom that has a shower, basin and toilet.
Day visitors welcome. Indalu, the Xhosa word for nature, is set between rolling hills and valleys and has been created as a sanctuary for a number of elephants where they roam free in their natural environment.
We offer guided tours with these gentle giants so you can get up close and personal with the animals. Touch, feed and interact with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
From the mist shrouding the bush at dawn until the blazing sunsets behind the distant mountains, the magic of Indalu will provide unforgettable memories.
Inyati Game Lodge
Situated in the prestigious private Sabi Sand Reserve (Wildtuin) sharing a common unfenced boundary with the Kruger Park, our luxury Inyati Game Lodge is overlooking the lush, perennial Sand River and offers the ultimate, exclusive safari experience combining diverse wildlife with authentic African hospitality. From the warm welcome upon arrival to our comfortable, child-friendly accommodation, hearty home-style cuisine and highly experienced game rangers and trackers, each of our guests departs with unforgettable memories and the imprint of Africa in their soul.
Our game lodge is easily accessible by road and air and offers Big Five game viewing with unrivalled sightings of the usually elusive leopard.
We can accommodate a maximum of 25 guests maintaining the family ambience it’s become renowned for. All our eight luxury standard chalets and the three luxury family rooms are air-conditioned and tastefully furnished with many modern amenities as well as offering uninterrupted views of the African bush at the Sand River.
At Inyati the days are designed to thrill you with intimate wildlife encounters and the nights to delight you with the indulgence and romance of the African night. The reserve is not open to the general public. Therefore, each private lodge has exclusive traversing rights over their area. Our game rangers drive specially designed safari vehicles which are allowed off-road, ensuring you get exclusive and intimate game viewing opportunities. Apart from game drives and guided bush walks we offer many activities such as swimming, fishing, cultural community tours, workouts at the fully-equipped and air-conditioned on-site gym, stargazing and young rangers’ programmes.
Between the warm campfire, divine wine and delicious dishes, evenings on your safari are not just to enjoy dinner, it's a delightful experience in itself!
Facilities and Services
Unwind by the swimming pool which is situated adjacent to the bar / dining area or relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on the sundowner and viewing deck overlooking the Sand River.
Do you want to take a piece of Africa with home? Then browse through our on-site curio shop which stocks a range of local and other African curios and crafts. Where possible, we source products locally to help support and develop our communities.
Set in tree tops at the Sand River and about 3km from the main lodge, we also have a conference venue which offers the perfect facility to host intimate wedding ceremonies or corporate conferences with the focus on business meetings yet providing the setting for complete relaxation at the end of the day.
Last but not least our services include Wi-Fi, free breakfast, airport transfer and housekeeping.
Feel the African heartbeat at Inyati when at night wildlife sounds fill the star-studded sky. Lions roar, jackals howl and hyenas laugh - to which African drums respond.
Kololo Game Reserve
Kololo is a big nature reserve where harmless African wildlife roams free. The Western part in the reserve is assigned to the accommodation. From your chalet or villa you can walk or bike freely and safely into the reserve. Furthermore Kololo Game Reserve forms part of Welgevonden Game Reserve, an even bigger nature reserve and home to the Big Five and many other African animal species, big and small. Kololo has a private gate into Welgevonden. In an open but roofed safari vehicle we take you there to observe wildlife and nature.
Staying at Kololo is truly an adventure: you are surrounded by the African bush where wild animals roam free. Kudu, wildebeest, impala, warthogs regularly cross your path, running past the terrace of your chalet or villa looking for food and water. And you can walk and bike freely in the reserve, coming eye to eye with the animals.
The accommodation consists of 15 chalets en villa’s that offer space to 2, 4 or 6 persons. All beautifully situated in the bush or the parklike landscape. Each accommodation has a private shower and separate toilet per room, a veranda and a fully equipped (outdoor) kitchen, including tea/coffee facilities and of course free wifi.
Every day something extraordinary, interesting, beautiful, funny happens at Kololo. Nature has a lot to tell. But also our people. And our guests. They all have stories that we like to share.
Kraal Luxury African Lodge
Only 90 minutes southwest of Johannesburg, discover our Kraal Luxury African Lodge which is situated within the fringes of the Vredefort Dome UNESCO World Heritage Site in the wildlife-dense African bush of a malaria free private game reserve, with more than 2km of Vaal River frontage. Our contemporary Kraal Mountain Lodge with its five star private guest villas is perched high above the beautiful surrounds. Add to this, exceptional service, friendly staff and great value for money, all of which position our accommodation in a league of its own.
Each spacious and luxury unit boasts floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering panoramic views of the breathtaking scenery, and features an open-plan design with modern finishes and furnishings in elegant, contemporary style, complete with a private deck as well as a private solar-heated plunge pool. There are two superior units that feature private jacuzzi’s set in a natural bush environment. All villas are stylishly decorated using natural tones to mirror the relaxed, stress-free environment. Enjoy the magnificent views from the comfort of your superior or deluxe unit, or simply relax with your favourite beverage in your private plunge pool. If you look carefully, you'll notice an abundance of wildlife moving through the bushveld below.
Apart from the private pools our lodge has in total 7 pools, including a lap pool, and three Jacuzzis as well as a sauna and a spa offering beauty therapy and massages. We also have conference facilities catering to groups, team-building getaways or business meetings.
We offer a wide variety of activities for couples, families and corporate getaways on the more than 20,000 ha property. Situated on one of South Africas premier wildlife breeding sites, you'll enjoy bush safaris featuring Sables, Buffalos, Giraffes, Golden Wildebeests, Zebras, plains game and more. Birding is best on hikes and trails through the Vredefort Dome's grasslands biome. Alternatively, go fishing and river rafting on our private waterways of the Vaal River.
Enjoy the various activities and wildlife at our Kraal Luxury African Lodge as well as a barbeque and a picnic or a game of pool at our magnificent 360 degree bar lounge area and culinary delights - dinner, bed and breakfast - accompanied by wine from our famous wine cellar, or simply put your feet up and soak in the view at our lodge's numerous sun decks.
Pondoro Game Lodge
Welcome to the majesty of the South African bush and the award winning Pondoro Game Lodge. At Pondoro guests can expect an intimate and luxurious safari adventure like no other, a truly bespoke experience. We strive to provide the perfect balance for those looking for a getaway that is both romantic and exclusive, while offering guests a wide range of activities ranging from safari drives to romantic picnics at our treehouse hide.
At Pondoro Lodge you will have the opportunity to choose from 5 truly luxurious suites. All our suites are air-conditioned and offer modern comforts in an exquisite African wildlife setting. Each suite has a private patio, lounge area, an outside shower and Jacuzzi built into the wooden deck in front of the suites facing the river. This is truly game lodge accommodation at it's finest. Each suite offers complete privacy to compliment the romantic setting at Pondoro Game Lodge.
Pondoro Game Lodge has three tastefully designed chalets decorated in keeping with the African aesthetic and overlooking the Olifants River. All chalets have en-suite bathrooms (with a shower and bath overlooking the river), air-conditioning, mosquito nets and a wooden deck.
Pondoro boasts an overnight Treehouse Hide Experience. The hide overlooks a spotlit waterhole in the middle of the bush and is a must for those with a taste for adventure. Your adventure will begin after dinner with a late night drive to the hide. You will be picked up again during the morning safari.
Serenity Spa at Pondoro Game Lodge offers an indulgent escape from the wild, where one is surrounded by elegant décor and cascading waterfalls to create a relaxing ambient environment. Revitalize your mind, body and soul with classic Southern African spa treatments. Our exclusive personal approach incorporates innovative and authentic spa and face treatments which range from a glass covered steam room, a spa bath under the wide African sky to a massage in the privacy of your room.
Dining at Pondoro promises a fusion of Traditional African Cuisine and modern European trends. Vegetarians are specially catered for. To compliment the food, wine can be selected from our extensive wine cellar. Our bar also stocks a selection of some of the finest Whiskies in the world; whether you’re looking for an exquisite blend or smoky single malt. After dinner you’ll be able to relax with a Cuban cigar and enjoy a glass of Port or Cognac, should that be your fancy. All meals are served on a wooden deck high up in the tree canopy overlooking the Olifants River. An unforgettable bush dinner will await those who stay for a third night.
With no boundary fences between Balule Private Nature Reserve (50 000ha) and the Kruger National Park a great diversity of wildlife is found here. Game drives on our safaris traverse an area of 10 000 hectares (24 700 acres) and strict vehicle limits at sightings ensure the exclusivity of your game viewing experience. Off-road driving on most areas enables the best possible view of any exceptional sighting and rangers are constantly in 2-way radio communication with each other to keep track of animal movements. Our experienced guides will not only use all their vast knowledge and bush craft to try and show you the famous Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and other plains game such as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, but they will do their best to paint memories of an Africa that will never fade away.
Pondoro Game Lodge is a private Wedding or Honeymoon destination that offers the finest Safari experience on a scale that delivers an intimate experience. Your African honeymoon safari will be tailored according to your needs and we will ensure that no stone will be left unturned in your quest for the perfect, romantic honeymoon. Allow us to spoil you with a romantic private river dinner, a candlelit romantic bath in your suite and a whole lot of other honeymoon surprises. We will tailor a romantic safari wedding that will exceed your wildest dreams.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Experience with us a luxury safari in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Big 5 Park, the oldest nature reserve in Africa. Our Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge in the iconic Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Situated on the western boundary, our game lodge offers a chic alternative to the traditional park visit, with exciting extra options thrown in.
What sets Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge apart is a breathtaking combination of its expansive natural views and visionary architecture which strategically makes the most of its prime position overlooking the local drinking hole and wild game of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. The exquisite surrounding wilderness is brought into the lodge by incorporating open spaces and maximising the expansive views over the reserve. Accommodation rates include two game drives per day.
As a luxury safari lodge, we make every effort to ensure that our guests enjoy a true African safari experience - without compromising on luxury and comfort. The lodge features slick, contemporary design and boasts a deck that extends along one side of the lodge, an 11 metre infinity lap pool and a sundeck as well as a spa.
The 18 modern guest rooms are nestled high up on the ridge with views of the game reserve and offer utmost privacy. Choose between four room types: 2 honeymoon villas nestled in the indigenous bush with private plunge pools overlooking the reserve; 8 glamorous bush villas with deep baths and open fireplaces; 4 safari rooms with showers opening out onto the bushveld; and 2 child-friendly safari suites ideal for families.
At Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, we want you to have the opportunity to have a taste of the places, people, fauna and flora of wildest Africa. Our safaris through the Big 5 Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park are all about that you enjoy truly what Africa has to offer. That’s why we offer a range of activities to enrich your stay with us, including guided gorge and bush trail walks, game drives and cultural experiences. Our Zulu homestays give you the unique opportunity to step into the world of a traditional Zulu family.
The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is home to an incredible array of creatures great and small, including the Big 5. Whether on an interesting safari drive, on a bush walk, or even from the comfort of your room, the exciting sightings will make your trip a memorable one.
Complete your Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge experience with a rejuvenating wellness treatment in our in-huose Spa. Best of all, our tranquil treatment rooms overlook the African bushveld below. Where else can you spot a rhino, giraffe or zebras while indulging in the ultimate relaxation on your spa holiday in South Africa?
Rhino River Lodge
Situated 30kms north of Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, our family-owned and operated Big 5 Rhino River Lodge is located in the magnificent, 23,000-hectare Manyoni Private Game Reserve in the very heart of Zululand. This area is renowned for its African wildlife and rich cultural heritage.
Our relaxed safari lodge has a reputation for excellent customer service and superior value for money. Experience South Africa at its best, amongst untamed nature and warm hospitality. Join us for our guided game drives in an open safari vehicle, where a knowledgeable ranger will show you the Big 5 and many other African animals and birds. Enjoy hearty South African cuisine highlighting local ingredients, served under the stars around a campfire. Indulge in a comfortable night’s sleep in our well-appointed safari accommodation.
Rhino River Lodge offers three types of accommodation to suit our guests’ various needs. Guests can choose from double en-suite luxury rooms, family chalets or one of our two-bedroom private safari homes (the Cottage and the Homestead). The camp accommodates a maximum of 24 people at any time. Our game lodge grounds sprawl through an area of thick riverine vegetation, rich with bird and animal life, and filled with magnificent fig and fever trees. The grounds include the reception with curio shop, a swimming pool, a dining room with bar and a guest lounge. Wi-Fi is also available.
We have become one of the premier wildlife viewing destinations in Kwa-Zulu Natal and feature beautiful varied landscapes from acacia thornveld to open savannah and riverine forest. Game drives are regulated by the reserve and coordinated by ecotourism businesses to minimize the impact on the environment and the wildlife and to provide guests a better and more intimate game viewing experience.
While on a guided safari at Rhino River Lodge you will have the opportunity to not only see the Big 5 - rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion, but also cheetahs, wild dogs and much more game. Your day will begin just before the sun rises as guests meet up at the main lodge area for a cup of coffee or tea and freshly baked muffin before the three hour morning game drive begins at first light, which includes a midway coffee/tea break.
Upon returning to camp, enjoy a full English-style breakfast. After breakfast the day is yours to relax and at approximately 1:30 a light lunch will be served. The afternoon game drive begins about 2.5 hours before sunset. Just before sunset the game drive vehicle will stop for a special safari tradition, the sundowner. As the sun sets, take in the air, sights and sounds of the African bush while having a refreshing beverage. The drive will continue on for a short while after the sun sets, in search of the more rarely observed nocturnal animals.
Back at camp, a hearty three-course dinner is served, weather-permitting, under the stars around the campfire under the stars. After dinner, you are welcome to join us around the campfire for a night cap.
Royal Jozini Private Game Reserve
Situated in pristine wilderness about 9km northeast of Lavumisa, our very uncommercialised Royal Jozini Private Game Reserve in the Kingdom of eSwatini (previously Swaziland) emphasizes on conservation as well as preservation, comprises of 5 ecosystems on Lake Jozini and offers privately owned lodges for short stays.
For bush break accommodation, Royal Jozini Private Game Reserve provides varied types of accommodation ranging from a self-catering tented camp for 16 guests and a bush lodge cottage for 2, to 4-bedroomed bush lodges each sleeping 8 people. These private homes are surrounded by African wildlife, while still offering you all the comfort and luxury you would anticipate when booking that well-deserved getaway in Africa. The are housekeepers and domestic help on hand to assist wherever necessary, and all lodges are supplied with quality towels, linen, drinkable water and more.
We are totally OFF GRID and each game reserve bush home accommodation is eco-friendly, has a boma with a braai (barbecue) area as well as modern amenities. Don’t want to cook? Royal Jozini has one lodge where you can bring your drinks and food with which the head housekeeper will prepare and cook your breakfast and dinner each day! This lodge is also suitable for group bookings and conferences which are catered for.
Game drives - The Royal Jozini Private Game Reserve is split into two areas, the exclusion zone known as East Shore Reserve which has no elephants inside, and the rest of the reserve which is an active elephant zone. For an independent stay at the game lodges, you can explore the East shore section of the wildlife reserve in your own vehicle, with roads interweaving through the game reserve at the base of the Lebombo Mountains and with spectacular African bush scenery. You are most likely to see zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, nyalas, impalas, differents bucks and a huge variety of birds. Take binoculars to spot hippos and crocodiles at the lake. As our elephants are not habituated and the West Shore Reserve has thick bush thickets and narrow, windy roads we encourage visitors to book a guided game drive if you wish to traverse areas outside of the exclusion zone.
Activities at Lake Jozini include game cruises at sunrise or sunset, providing unforgettable game viewing. Lake levels, wind and water conditions determine boat launching.
Bush walkabouts - Take a hike or a stroll and breathe in the beauty of the African bushveld! Check with us where it is safe to take a walk. There are elephants in the non-exclusion zone of the reserve and occasionally buffalo are seen in the exclusion zone.
Indulge your senses in spotting as many of Eswatini’s 450 resident bird species as you can! 300 species alone have been spotted within the five ecosystems of Royal Jozini!
Pedal power rules here! Explore our game reserve with a mountain bike. According to the conservation rules, NO motorbikes or quad bikes are permitted! Check with us which areas are free of elephants.
With its 27 species of fish, including a remarkable Tiger Fish population, Lake Jozini promises an excellent opportunity for passionate fishermen. Reputedly the best freshwater fighting fish and an exclusively African game-fish, the Tiger Fish poses a memorable challenge for adrenaline seekers but please do check with us on the water level of Lake Jozini. Drought years may mean that the levels are too low to launch a boat. If conditions are good, you’re welcome to bring your own boat, or book a charter. Please note fishing and/or a boat charter is only available to staying guests and must be provisionally booked in advance.
Alternatively, chill at your lodge, take a dip in the pool, have a braai, relax around a boma fire and make memories that last!
Samara Private Game Reserve
Welcome to a unique BIG5 African safari experience 55km from Graaff-Reinet in South Africa's Great Karoo semi-desert.
Samara is an award-winning conservation journey in a heart-stoppingly beautiful setting. Born in 1997 of a desire to restore the Great Karoo to its former glory, this private game reserve has pioneered the rewilding of a landscape that had been turned over to agriculture for the best part of three centuries.
Assembling 11 farms totalling 67,000 acres, Samara’s founders vowed to restore the magic of this place, embarking on an ambitious programme of land restoration and wildlife reintroduction. Today, thousands of wild animals roam this born-again wilderness and Samara is working with local stakeholders to extend the conservation ethic to over 3 million acres. 26 guests at a time are invited to join Samara’s conservation journey and help to shape it for the future.
Whether you want to go on safari with the whole family or on foot, you are looking for a romantic retreat and want to sleep under the stars, have a bush picnic or would like to celebrate a special occasion or even experience the game reserve on a mountain bike, Samara is a BIG 5 game reserve where guests get their own private piece of Africa to play in.
Two intimate, five-star and owner-run lodges, with a true sense of place and sleeping 26 people, offer a quintessentially warm Karoo welcome, with myriad activities on offer to explore, entertain and educate. Whilst on safari at Samara you will bask in the exclusivity of being one of few people in a vast wilderness of the African bushveld.
The Karoo Lodge
Encircled by a natural amphitheatre of mountains, the lovingly renovated farmhouse sits in perfect harmony with its wild surrounds and lies on the first property bought by the Tompkins family when they started Samara in 1997. Combining modern day comforts with a rustic and welcoming feel, Karoo Lodge is the perfect place to relax and allow the tranquillity of the Karoo to envelop you – on the wide verandah in summer or by the cosy fire in winter. With 9 double rooms of varying sizes, it caters for individual travellers, couples and families.
The Manor House
Contemporary style meets Karoo living in the Manor House which can also be booked exclusively. This luxury villa offers a contemporary take on Karoo living, sleeping up to 8 guests in comfort and style. The villa opens up into two living areas and two smaller breakaway lounging alcoves. In summer large glass doors are cast wide open to the patio, with a large infinity pool, and in the winter months you can unwind by the fireplace where a crackling fire burns. Dining takes places in a well-appointed dining room adjacent to the comfortable bar area. There is also a small breakfast room next to the kitchen, which can double up as a study.
When the weather is fair, candlelit dinners are set up on the verandah, on the lawn under the purple-flowered Jacaranda tree or out in the bush beneath a star-studded sky. A Karoo-style boma, fashioned out of an old water reservoir, is the perfect place for pre-dinner drinks around the fire.
Reconnecting With Nature
Regenerating South Africa's Great Karoo region through rewilding and responsible tourism - In staying at Samara, every guest plays a role in safeguarding the landscape in perpetuity. Yet for those who visit, Samara’s magic extends beyond its conservation importance. To immerse oneself in this soulful landscape of infinite horizons is to experience a recalibration of the frantic modern mindset and a deep reconnection with nature.
Our aim is for every guest to leave Samara empowered by the healing energy of nature, having reconnected with what's truly important.
Sentinel Mara Camp
Enjoy authentic Out of Africa safari elegance close to nature at the luxury, owner-run and eco-friendly Sentinel Mara Camp & Safaris, tucked away in a riverine forest within the Big 5 Maasai Mara National Reserve. Apart from the safari lounge, fine dining tents, gourmet bush picnics, 3 lounges and game viewing or Maasai cultural activities, this gorgeous boutique camp offers excellent privacy with 8 spacious en-suite tents and Mara River views.
Sentinel Mara Safari Camp is situated in a prime area of the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Musiara Marsh area renowned for its outstanding game viewing is where both the BBC "Big Cat Diaries" and Disney's "African Cats" were filmed. You are assured of an excellent game viewing experience. During the annual migration, various crossing points are easily accessible from Sentinel.
The camp itself is set up along the Mara River with wonderful bird life and the private and natural setting ensures that guests have a most enjoyable and authentic experience of the bush. Being on high banks above the Mara River means that there are always hippos and crocodiles in the river below to be seen with other animals coming to drink, or cross the river at times.
Shikwari Nature Reserve
Situated close to Kruger Park and the Panorama Route, our Shikwari Nature Reserve offers two camps as well as giraffes and other African wildlife such as zebras, wildebeests, kudus, impalas, nyalas, waterbucks, bush bucks and steenboks as well as duikers and ostriches plus many birds. A full breakfast and dinner are offered and usually served al fresco on the veranda or deck Boma. Enjoy a friendly, relaxed service in amazing bushveld surroundings where we also have wonderful areas for celebrations and weddings.
Shikwari Suites, 4 star rated with the TGCSA - Free Wi-Fi is available for both camps in the lounge/veranda area of this main camp. Relax on the shady lodge veranda taking in the view and cool off in the pool with an amazing view. All meals are taken at this camp. The breakfast is a buffet Continental and a plated English; dinner is a 2 course meal - main and dessert, including homemade bread and dips as an appetizer.
Six luxury thatched suites are tucked into the natural bush, are decorated with stylish furniture and offer each a private bathroom and outdoor shower, a small patio, a mini fridge stocked on request as well as a choice of beds with percale linen. Enjoy the hospitality tray with fresh ground coffee, a French coffee press, a choice of quality teas and homemade cookies. There is also a turndown service with homemade nougat/chocolates and a paid laundry service. Guests at this camp are only booked on a half board option.
Please note there is no capacity for more than 2 adults neither in the suites nor in the rondavels - However, 2 children, between 5 and 12 years, may share each unit with their parents or an older sibling.
Pangolin Rondavels - These are in a separate area from the Shikwari Suites and not graded. This comfortable budget option camp is located approximately 500 meters from the main lodge and offers 4 traditional thatched rondavels grouped around a pool.
There is no television or Wi-Fi in this camp. However these are available at the Shikwari Suites lounge, including satellite premium DSTV and free Internet connection. This camp consists of two rondavels with bush bathroom - with outdoor shower, covered toilet and basin, plus the other two rondavels share a separate bathroom as well as an outdoor shower.
Beds offer percale linen and towels are supplied. All rooms have a wardrobe, seating, ceiling fans and a hospitality tray with kettle, milk, coffee and teas. One room is air-conditioned.
A Boma is available for braais (barbecues) where guests need to bring their own braai tools, tableware and charcoal. Breakfast is included in the Pangolin rate and there is a half board option as well. All guests take meals booked at the main Shikwari Suites camp.
Guided game walks are available at the lodge and trips to Kruger National Park with our FGASA guide in an open game vehicle. The reserve is also close to many other exciting day trips such as the Panorama Route and the Graskop Gorge Lift, Blyde boat cruise, Jessica Hippo, Hoedspruit Endangered Species, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation and Echo Caves plus some exciting adventure options such as quad biking, paintball and abseiling as well as canopy tours. Please note: We are unable to accept day visitors.
Shindzela Tented Camp
Situated within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve as part of the Greater Kruger National Park of South Africa, our small, affordable and eco-friendly (solar-powered) Shindzela Tented Camp is the perfect place where one can feel part of the African bush. We offer you an authentic African safari as well as a fascinating wildlife experience. Established in 2009 as a mere walking trails camp with small bow tents, Shindzela has grown into the wonderful tented lodge and bushveld paradise that we would like to introduce to you.
Our intimate camp can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests in 8 safari tents where you will be treated to our warm South African hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy and soak up the true African wilderness.
The safari-style tents are situated under thatch (grass-roof structures) and can be made up in either twin or double-bedded accommodation. Enjoy your morning coffee on your wooden deck or freshen up in your semi-open en-suite bathroom.
After you have arrived and checked in at our game lodge, enjoy lunch before embarking on your first safari.
Afterwards, relax in the pool with view of the African bush where the game is roaming freely. Enjoy a drink at the bar in our Lapa lounge before we spoil you with a delicious dinner in our African Boma under the star studded-sky.
We strive to offer an affordable wildlife safari during which you can explore the African wilderness on two game drives per day in open 4x4 vehicles - one early-morning and one late-afternoon/early-evening. You can choose to substitute one game drive with a guided morning walking safari. Your professional, knowledgable and fully qualified guides will endeavour to track the big mammals in the bush, including the Big 5 as well as the smaller but just as interesting wild animals, inform you of the insect and plant life and point out some of the 350 bird species in the area.
We are passionate about conservation and our staff is determined to provide you with an enjoyable and fulfilling experience in this exceptional wilderness area.
Sibuya Game Reserve
After arriving at the reception of our breathtakingly beautiful and malaria-free Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea, you embark on a 45 minute boat cruise along the Kariega River. Sibuya is one of the country’s most unique safari destinations. From its reception near the ocean, it is unique in that it has more navigable river than any other game reserve in South Africa. Consequently, with nearly 400 different species, as a birding destination it is hard to beat. It is also a sanctuary to an abundance of diverse wildlife from elephants to otters, and almost everything in between, including the Big Five, which guarantees you fantastic game-viewing experiences.
We offer accommodation in two luxury tented camps as well as superb cuisine. On arrival at either the Forest Camp or River Camp, you will settle first into your luxury en-suite tent on a raised wooden deck, and then proceed to a scrumptious buffet-style lunch. With just four tents at River Camp or eight luxury tents at Forest Camp, our guests are ensured of a secluded and personalised stay.
Almost exclusively run on solar power, both camps do not make allowance for Wi-Fi, air conditioning, fans, hairdryers and the like. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy the simplicity of life without these modern conveniences. We highly recommend if you require these extra features choose rather to stay at our secluded and luxurious bush lodge which has grid electricity and caters to these needs.
Guests staying at our luxury, thatched bush ldge, lying in a pristine valley just outside the main reserve, enjoy a short transfer with their guide in a game drive vehicle from the river to their lodge where a delicious buffet-style lunch awaits. As the bush lodge has only five suites, you will be spoilt by the professional and friendly, ensuring a memorable stay.
Sibuya’s extremely knowledgeable and professional guides share their passion on personalised and informative game drives, a variety of relaxing or exciting activities and exclusive boat trips. Relax afterwards by the pool or in a hammock.
As part of a gap year, a sabbatical or eco travelling, the Sibuya Wilderness Experience offers volunteers the unique and exciting opportunity to get behind the scenes and involved with the conservation efforts of Sibuya Game Reserve. This is the perfect eco volunteer program for you, if you are looking for a meaningful travel opportunity abroad that puts your passion for nature, environment and wildlife to good use, trying to make a difference.
The Springbok Lodge
Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields, the Nambiti Reserve and Springbok Lodge offer guests a chance to unwind in a picture-perfect setting. Well positioned off the N3, the main route between Johannesburg and Durban, Springbok Lodge is just a four-and-a-half hour drive from the busy metropolis of Johannesburg and a mere three-and-a-half hours from the aromatic coastal city of Durban.
Making the lodge even more accessible is the 1.2km landing strip for light aircraft. Helicopters can comfortably land directly at the lodge.
The breath-taking mountains of the central Drakensberg lie an easy one-and-a-half hours’ drive away. Whether Springbok Lodge is your intended destination or the base from which to explore the surrounding Battlefields and Drakensberg you will be assured an exceptional stay and safari experience – the lodge continues to achieve its AA Superior Accommodation Accreditation since 2009.
While the Big Five experience alone is enough to attract visitors, guests staying at Springbok Lodge leave with a different idea of “camping”… we call it Glamping!
Of our 21 luxury en suite tents, 13 standard two sleepers and 8 family units (4 sleepers). In total we can sleep 58 guests offering 5-star equivalent opulence out in the African bush.
*In recent years whilst adding more tents and renovating some of the older ones we have gone with the option of replacing the canvas walls of the tents with brick and mortar. Of these newer tents there are 5 x luxury standard tents and 2 x luxury family unit tents.
About the Game Reserve
Springbok Lodge is situated in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve, a conservancy offering 22 000 acres of pristine, Malaria-free bushveld. The Reserve is home to the Big Five, as well as Cheetah, Hippo and over 30 species of plains game. Nature lovers will enjoy the area’s biodiversity, with Thornveld and majestic Acacia trees complementing extensive grasslands which mirror the plains of Central Africa.
The abundant natural water system, with perennial rivers and the beautiful waterfall and cascades on the Sundays River, makes for a unique sanctuary, attracting several rare bird species and an enviable array of raptors and vultures.
Feast your senses on the magnificent sights, sounds and smells of this untouched African bush. With every dawn, renew your bond with nature as you embark on a safari with your experienced and knowledgeable field guide.
Valley Bushveld Country Lodge
Situated near Addo Elephant National Park, our lovely, malaria-free Valley Bushveld Country Lodge overlooks a valley and guarantees you breathtaking vistas and sunsets as well as feeding of the wild antelopes which roam all around the lodge.
In the summer, a great cool South African beer out on the patio-deck completes a perfect day and during the cold winter evenings, there is always a fire going in the large fireplace where guests may enjoy the story tellings.
Valley Bushveld Country Lodge's cuisine is of exceptional quality, offering a variety of delicious specialities and serving true organic foods. In the mornings, head to the dining room for a delectable South African breakfast. Dinners and lunches are provided upon request and must be reserved ahead of time. The dining room features an adjoining bar where you can forget about the day's dust and enjoy South Africa's finest export wines as well as local coffees, beers, spirits and liqueurs.
Our rooms include one double room with a king-size bed, one twin room, one family room with two king-size beds, two deluxe double rooms with one king-size bed and a single bed as well as one executive suite with two king-size beds.
Except for the family room and the executive suite, which each can sleep four people, each guest room sleeps two people. The deluxe double room can accommodate three people. Each room is outfitted with high-end linens and furnishings and has an en-suite bathroom, its own private entrance and is surrounded by a veranda. Watch the sun set from this peaceful vantage point and listen to the bush come to life at night.
The game lodge is situated 53 kilometres northwest of Gqeberha on the banks of the Coegas River in a malaria-free private game reserve with over 17 kinds of wild animals and antilopes. The main R75 highway which connects Addo, Kirkwood and Graaff-Reinet is located 200 meters off the lodge.
You will be cordially welcomed into this particular sanctuary of serenity and calm when you arrive. If you look far enough into the valley, you'll see a little river, a natural rock wall and an undisturbed ecosystem with its own animals. The tranquility, stunning views, superb traditional cuisine and unique story telling as well as the tastefully decorated en-suite rooms allow you to completely unwind.
From an open safari vehicle, you can see and have close encounters with giraffes, zebras, blue wildebeest, nyalas and other wildlife. Beautiful views and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with fantastic photo possibilities await!
Use our country lodge as a base camp from which to venture out to various destinations each day. Then return in the evening for a delicious dinner with us, such as a traditional South African Braai (barbecue) or Bobotie, and discuss your adventures with your hosts and fellow guests.
Addo Elephant National Park, a cheetah breeding farm and the area's oldest private lion game reserve are all within easy driving distance.