The Southernmost country of the African continent, rich in natural beauty & diverse people, South Africa, is none less than a gift of nature to the earth. The country with the high esteem for Nelson Mandela & the extraordinary talent of Charlize Theron, South Africa is the heaven of adventure lovers & wildlife enthusiasts. If we say that Game Lodges (aka Safari lodges) are the main catch for tourists, it will not be wrong. Game lodges are a special kind of accommodation for travelers & visitors in Africa.
Here, we list down the Top 10 Ultra Luxury Game Lodges in South Africa that is a must-visit whenever you plan to travel South Africa.
1. Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa
Suppose you want to dwell in the thrill & luxury of a variety of flora & fauna & experience the best Safari. Mhondoro Safari Lodge is only a 2-hour 45-minute drive from O.R. Tambo International Airport. It is a five-star lodge that offers you tons of exciting deals & an adventurous experience. An escape from the outer world, it offers a family-friendly environment where you can spend quality time without the worries of Malaria or lack of routine facilities.
It will be your best attempt at the discovery of nature. From Honeymoon Safari Experience or a Kids program, this is one of the best places. You can enjoy rhino tracking, safaris, and bush walks, rock art excursions, spa, and salon services, as well as a range of activities.
Address: R517 Welgevonden Game Reserve, R517, South Africa
Contact: +27 87 150 2314
2. Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge
To relax your mind and take a break from your everyday life, imagine yourself on the banks of the Marico River. Taking a view from the big glass window will make you feel like you are in the middle of A JUNGLE BUT a cozy, well-facilitated place. That is Makanyane Safari Lodge. In a peaceful forest area, offering you to experience nature with all the lavish facilities & accommodation provided by skilled staff to make your trip memorable.
It offers you to enjoy Safari drives in an open vehicle with a guide, Game walk, BBQ, Bush Spa, Spend a night out in the open in a quiet, natural setting; to have a lifetime experience. It also has specialized activities, such as a demonstration on animal behavior, Tree Safari, Bird Safari & the most comfortable rooms to cope with extreme weather effects.
Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, Madikwe, 2876, South Africa
Contact: +27 11 438 4650
Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve
In the Sabi Sand Private Game Lodge, Leopard Hill has a world-renowned location bordering Kruger National Park. It is the perfect destination to enjoy nature along with five-star facilities. 24/7 internet access, Gym & Spas, variety of cuisine for you to taste delicious food. Incredible Big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo, and leopard) game experience, Sensational view of nature & comfort of a private plunge pool with amazing scenes of African Bush. It also offers you Walking trails, an exclusive gaming experience via private vehicle, Wildlife Photography & an enthralling experience of Your Day in African Bush.
Address: Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Hazyview, 1242, South Africa
Contact: +27 11 326 0739
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Located in the famous Sabi Sands Game reserve, Ulusaba is near the nature-rich space of Kruger National Park in South Africa. Ulusaba has two lodges. One is Rock lodge & the other is Safari lodge. Rock Lodge dates back to ancient Shangaan tribal warriors; hence the word Ulusaba means a place of little fear. From gaming views to Weddings & celebrations, Ulusaba offers an enthralling experience with safety & comfort. With spectacular views & lifetime adventures, Ulusaba is a must option.
Address: Western sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve, Mpumalanga province of South Africa
Contact: +27 (0)11 325 4405
Committed to conserving culture, community & nature, Tswalu Kalahari is in a remote location of the Northern Cape, which makes it the best choice for a break. It is one of the first conservation projects that vowed to protect biodiversity & the ecosystem. An ecofriendly approach towards tourism is saving southern Kalahari for upcoming generations. The experience offered by Tswalu Kalahari includes a private Safari with a guide, Gaming drives for an ultimate understanding of nature, sleeping out in the open, Horse riding, Animal tracking, spending time with habituated animals, camping & much more.
Address: Farm Korranaberg 296, Van Zylsrus, 8467, South Africa
Contact: +27 53 781 9331
Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Home to Big 5, along with 60+ mammals, Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge is in the North West Province of South Africa, near Madikwe Game Reserve. It offers you malaria-free space with magnificent landscape & fascinating wilderness around. Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge offers you exclusive safaris, delicious cousins, Gym & Spa, a close look at Wildlife, Bush cousins & an unforgettable memory of Weddings & celebrations in African Bush.
Address: Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge Madikwe Game Reserve, 2865, South Africa
Contact: +27 11 781 5431
Situated next to Eastgate Airport, Limpopo, Kapama is approximately an hour’s flight from Johannesburg. Abandoned with not only Big5 but over 300 types of birds & dozens of mammals, Kapama Private Game Reserve is one of the most fascinating in Limpopo. Big glass windows to have a scenic view of the riverside, Kapama Karula Lodge offers you facilities & accommodations beyond your imaginations. It offers a range of activities in & out of the lodge. That includes Game Drives and Bush Walks, Romantic sleepover, Hot air ballooning, a day worth spent, visiting a rural home for abandoned children, private dining, Wellness Centre & a look at rescue and rehabilitation of Cheetah and other animals.
Address: Kapama Private Game Reserve, R40, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa
Contact: +27 12 368 0600
Singita Lebombo Lodge
Imagine so many eagle nests floating in between the sky & riverbank, bright with sunlight and offering you a relaxing, comfortable experience to have a lifetime memory spent in the wilderness of Africa. Lebombo Lodge offers you this. Committed to conserving the ecosystem, Singita Lebombo Lodge offers you comfort & adventure altogether. You can participate, enjoy & witness a range of activities like Game Drives and Safari walks with a guide, Stargazing, Culinary school, Gym & Spa, personalizing the experience of Singita wellness massage, Wildlife photography & peace of mind.
Address: N’wanetsi River, Kruger National Park Mpumalanga, Kruger Park, 1350, South Africa
Contact: +27 21 683 3424
Ivory Lodge Lion Sands
If you want one word to have an idea about Lion Sands Ivory Lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Mesmerizing is our pick. Design in IVORY & BLACK COLORS, the lodge offers you a soft texture, a comfortable experience. Not to mention the over-the-top adventure of floor-to-ceiling glass that gives you a spectacular view of the surrounding bushveld and Sabi River, with elephants wandering around the river bank. It offers you a gaming view, a visit to nearby Shangaan village to explore the local crafts & traditional medicines. Night in the open, Treehouses, quality time with nature & many more.
Address: Unnamed Road, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 1260, South Africa
Contact: +27 13 735 5000
Located in the Greater Kruger region, Royal Malewane offers you to experience wildlife in the shared 32,000-acre Thornybush reserve. You can experience Gaming, walking Safaris & a stunning helicopter view of the waterfall, rock formation & nature. Hot air ballooning & the Blyde River Canyon Cruise will give you an unforgettable memory. Exclusive Safaris & wildlife photography, a protected & comfortable journey will make you appreciate this luxurious lodge.
Address: Avoca Road, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa
Contact: +27 15 793 0150
That was our list of the top 10 Ultra Luxury Game Lodges in South Africa that you must visit when traveling to South Africa, when visiting Australia, be sure to check out Cape to Cairo for all sorts of South African goodies, especially their famous biltong.
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