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Mac Mac Forest Retreat

29 Reviews
Sleeps 284 in 41 rooms

Mac Mac Forest Retreat is centrally situated between Sabie, 15 km away from Mac Mac, Graskop and Pilgrim's Rest, in the picturesque...
Mac Mac Forest Retreat is centrally situated between Sabie, 15 km away from Mac Mac, Graskop and Pilgrim's Rest, in the picturesque Mpumalanga Escarpment area. The resort used to be a forestry station, but in 1999 Coen and Sonja Vermaak took over Mac Mac and started renting out the self-catering forestry houses.

The view of Mauchberg, the tranquil atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and a central base to explore the popular escarpment area and Kruger National Park became known with time. The accommodation became more and more popular, and Mac Mac Forest Retreat underwent constant upgrading. A cosy and intimate bar was added, a swimming pool was put in, and some activities were added.

The self-catering houses feature a kitchen with cutlery, crockery, stove, fridge, an indoor fireplace, and outdoor barbecue facilities. Bedding is supplied, however guests will have to supply their own towels. The houses do not have TVs inside, but there is a warm, cosy pub on the premises equipped with DStv.
from R140

Monzi Safaris

3 Reviews
Sleeps 52 in 13 rooms

Monzi Safaris Tented Camp offers 13 luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms. Cool down in our large pool while the fire is going in the...
Monzi Safaris Tented Camp offers 13 luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms. Cool down in our large pool while the fire is going in the barbecue area.

Prepare your meal in our fully stocked outdoor kitchen or dine at one of the many restaurants surrounding our camp. Experience St Lucia at its best.

All guests share the large kitchen which is fully equipped with gas stoves, hotplates and crockery. Wi-Fi access is available through the tented camp.
from R806

Teniqua Treetops

44 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 8 rooms

Teniqua Treetops is an eco-friendly, self-catering tree house resort in the Garden Route of South Africa. Each tree house provides unique...
Teniqua Treetops is an eco-friendly, self-catering tree house resort in the Garden Route of South Africa. Each tree house provides unique accommodation in the indigenous forest.

They are all fully equipped and include a kitchen with a microwave, gas cooker, large fridge and a Weber braai. The bedrooms have electric blankets and heaters for those rare cooler evenings. The bathrooms feature either a bath or shower and stunning mountain and gorge views.

There are great walks in the indigenous forest as well as down to the river where there are large pools for swimming. There is also an entertainment area with swimming pools, trampoline and table tennis.

The resort is ideal for honeymoon couples or nature-friendly families. The farm is 35 hectares, 25 of which have pristine indigenous forest. There are a total of eight tree houses, ensuring maximum privacy and tranquility for our guests. Please be aware that this is a very different experience, rural and very different.
from R1400

Buffalo Drift

2 Reviews
Sleeps 36 in 5 rooms

Situated on the banks of the beautiful Berg River, Buffalo Drift offers couples a secluded getaway that’s both romantic and affordable.
Situated on the banks of the beautiful Berg River, Buffalo Drift offers couples a secluded getaway that’s both romantic and affordable.

There are four comfortably furnished tents with bunk- or double beds and en-suite bathrooms. Each tent has a private patio and a fully equipped kitchenette for all your self-catering needs.

Guests can spend their days lazing on their private stretch of the riverbank, or by taking a refreshing dip in the fresh water.

While waiting for an amazing sunset, enjoy a braai under the clear sky. Once the stars appear, guests can appreciate the quiet untouched beauty of nature while listening to the sounds of nocturnal life.
from R500

Bushwa Game Lodge

10 Reviews
Sleeps 40 in 7 rooms

Bushwa Game Lodge is situated on 1000ha in the beautiful province of Limpopo in the heart of the Waterberg biosphere; the ideal stop over...
Bushwa Game Lodge is situated on 1000ha in the beautiful province of Limpopo in the heart of the Waterberg biosphere; the ideal stop over on route to Botswana. Offering an unique African experience, the lodge is home to a large variety of game including giraffe, eland, kudu, red hartbeest and njala.

The lodge offers guests a variety of accommodation, one of which is the 20 sleeper Bush-camp Lodge which has five rooms, two tented chalets and a loft room. The Tree House offers comfortable accommodation for two while each of the Luxury Safari Style Tents sleep four guests. The Deluxe Spa Room is ideal for two guests.

The rates include breakfast, high tea, dinner and two game drives per day. Lunch can be ordered at an additional cost and high tea is served at 15:30.

Bushwa Game Lodge have big trees with hammocks so that guests can relax and around the pool as well as a wooden deck and outside bar. Conference facilities are also available.

Guests can enjoy various activities such as game Drives by qualified game drivers, walking trails ranging from 2 to 3 hours, picnics at the banks of the river by ordering a picnic basket, bush sleep outs under the stars with the rangers on a deck as well as horse riding and bass fishing.
from R2700

Muweti Bush Lodge

13 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 3 rooms

Muweti Bush lodge is a small intimate lodge accommodating eight guests. Four in the tented camp, which consists of two tented chalets each...
Muweti Bush lodge is a small intimate lodge accommodating eight guests. Four in the tented camp, which consists of two tented chalets each sleeping two people, and four in our self-catering cottage. The positioning of the tented chalets gives a truly unusual sense of fusion with the bush, and an opportunity to sleep in close proximity to the wilds of Africa.

The cottage on the other hand gives you an opportunity to do your own thing on a self-catering basis while still having access to facilities at the lodge. Children under 12 at the lodge by special arrangement only.
from R1250
This is a place where nature does all the entertaining; beautiful, a little wild, natural and...
This is a place where nature does all the entertaining; beautiful, a little wild, natural and peaceful. Our retreat-styled eco lodge nestles on the forest edge and abounds with creativity.

You can choose to stay in little woodcutter cottages that were once stables for our friendly horses or in a spacious converted barn, ideal for family gatherings and retreats, plus a quaint double-storey cottage among a glade of trees that oozes magical charm.

For the more adventurous nature-lover or the eco green conscious traveller, there are simply furnished forest-safari style tents on timber decks in the forest with rustic communal timber huts housing a kitchen and ablution facilities.

While you are here, you can go for early morning walks meandering along winding mossy pathways in our ancient forest where you will hear the rustle of leaves as monkeys scamper along the tops of the trees. You can also have a lazy afternoon with a book at the lotus lily pond set in our park-like gardens alive with bird songs. While dozing under an azure-blue sky you may see the shy emerald green Knysna loerie fly by, and at sunset you can stroll along to our organic vegetable garden to pick some greens for a healthy meal under a starry African night sky.

If you love nature and want to experience a more natural eco environment and don’t need luxuries to enjoy your stay, then you will find Peace of Eden enchanting.

We also have a recording studio where many well-known South African musicians have recorded their award-winning albums, and you may just be lucky enough to be visiting when we have impromptu sunset soiree evenings where you could be entertained by some of our great singers and song-writer guitarists like Nate Maingard, Gary Thomas and blues maestro Dan Patlansky.

We are 15 minutes from Knysna and only 8 km from the N2, on the pretty country road that leads to the Rheenendal village. Beyond the village is a turn-off to the Goudveld Forests, Jubilee Creek, and the historical Millwood Goldmines where you may come across signs of the illusive Knysna elephants that still roam freely in the depths of the vast mysterious Knysna forests.

Our beautiful white, sandy beaches of Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea and the Knysna river estuary are a mere ten minute drive away and we are an hour's drive from most of the famous attractions and adventure activities of the Garden Route. The Garden Route it now a national park and one of the safest and most beautiful places in South Africa.

If you are just passing through we are a perfect stopover en route to Addo National Park, the Eastern Cape coastline and the Wild Coast. We have a registered nature guide and offer guided forest and bird walks, township and Knysna tours, and go as far afield as Addo Elephant National Park.
from R650

Mamagalie Mountain Lodge

123 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 5 rooms

In the heart of the magnificent Magaliesberg mountain range lies Mamagalie Mountain Lodge. Head northwest from Johannesburg and after a one...
In the heart of the magnificent Magaliesberg mountain range lies Mamagalie Mountain Lodge. Head northwest from Johannesburg and after a one and a half hour's journey our warm welcome awaits you.
On arrival, relax and unwind with a refreshing drink, then take time to enjoy the majestic views over the Buffelspoort Valley and dam while you cool off in the swimming pool. Spend the evenings in peaceful elegance, cuddled up to a cozy log fire, or sit around the fire pit and after cooking your meal, enjoy the star studded skies and listen to the nocturnal inhabitants commence their vigil. Welcome the new day with a stroll through the secluded kloof, and listen to the exquisite sounds of the wakening bush.

We have 1000 acres of private and pristine bush and mountain veld for you to explore at your leisure. An energetic walk to the top of the mountain will give you views you only dream of, and if it is warm enough, take a dip in the pure, sparkling rock pools. The bush is a nature lover's paradise, with numerous species of flora and fauna. Bird lovers are normally assured of sightings of the Black (Vereaux's) Eagle and Cape Vulture, as well as an abundance of the smaller species.You are certain to enjoy absolute privacy as the lodge is only let to one party at a time. Sleeping from two to twelve people in stylish luxury, our accommodation has been described as 'world class'.

We allow our guests to take time away from the daily grind, as our friendly staff services the lodge.This self-catering luxury unit has a fully equipped kitchen, furnished to the highest standards with a large stove, fridge/freezer, and convection microwave. The only things you will need during your stay are food and beverage. We believe our four star grading is well deserved, but don't let us try and convince you, come and visit us and find out for yourself. Our newly opened Bush Lodge provides the ultimate in privacy , this 4 star unit has a private plunge pool and braai area and is built over three levels into the tree canopy. Sleeping from 2-4 people it has a luxurious bathroom with bath and shower, separate toilet. The kitchen is fully equipped with gas stove and oven and a large fridge/freezer. There is no microwave or T.V. We believe this unit offers the most affordable 4 star accommodation in the country.

We regret we only accept two-night stays over weekends.
from R700

Outeniqua Trout Lodge

3 Reviews
Sleeps 44 in 9 rooms

We are ideal for people who appreciate nature and an abundance of birdlife. Only 55 km from Knysna, our lodge offers a relaxed getaway to...
We are ideal for people who appreciate nature and an abundance of birdlife. Only 55 km from Knysna, our lodge offers a relaxed getaway to experience nature, sunshine and fresh air. One of the highlights is fly-fishing in both rivers and dams, for rainbow and brown trout. Take a lazy afternoon stroll on our peaceful farm, stop for a swim in our mountain water pool or enjoy an energetic walk or bike ride in the fresh mountain air.

If fly-fishing is not your passion, enjoy a hike up the Kwaai River where you can see bushman paintings, enjoy pristine water pools and experience unspoiled nature at its best. If you enjoy mountain biking then you can take the challenge up the mountain or cycle the Prince Alfred Pass towards either Knysna or Uniondale, both offering breathtaking scenic views.

We have four well-appointed, self-catering log cabins that sleep up to six people each. Two of the cabins are situated on a stocked trout dam and the other two are above the farm, with views over the mountain pass and farm valley. All cabins are well spaced for privacy.

The cabins are semi-equipped with a kitchen, a main en-suite bedroom with a queen-size bed and shower. The second bedroom has two three-quarter beds and the second bathroom is equipped with a shower and bath. In the lounge area there is a comfortable sleeper couch and a ceramic fireplace for those cold winter nights. Outside there is a spacious deck with a table and chairs, and a Weber braai is provided. All linen and bath towels are also provided.

Four spacious Indian (teepee) tents make up our wonderful Camp Gwaai, nestled in a pecan tree forest. The camp is ideal for individuals, couples, families and small or large groups. The camp facilities are communal creating the environment for individuals to interact and socialise. The tents are situated some distance away from the entertainment area and are well spaced for maximum privacy.

Each tent is equipped with four three quarter beds, cotton linen, an extra blanket, shower towels, for the chilly winter nights we supply hot water bottles and basic supply of wood for the ceramic wood-burning fireplace. Each tent has its own private bathroom situated in a seperate building situated some short distance away from the tent area with a hot shower and flush toilet.
from R500

Quatermain's Camp

1 Review
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Quatermain's Camp, situated on the beautiful Amakhala Game Reserve, embodies the original spirit of safari. Our intimate camp offers you...
Quatermain's Camp, situated on the beautiful Amakhala Game Reserve, embodies the original spirit of safari. Our intimate camp offers you the opportunity to experience "Africa under canvas" with crisp white 1900's style safari tents fitted out with militiary campaign style furnishings; the choice of pioneers, hunters and explorers of that time. Relax in the centralised boma area where local delicacies are prepared in front of you on an open fire and dinner is served under a blanket of stars. Every effort has been made to stay true to the expedition style, with concessions only being allowed for rustic bathrooms with modern conveniences. Guests at our expedition camp can enjoy the excitement of  "Big 5" safari's with the option for "Big 5" walks, bush walks and birding safari's as well. Your hosts, Julie and Riaan Brand are both experienced rangers and will do their upmost to ensure that you have a safari experience you will never forget. You will have the chance of seeing  elephant, white and black rhino, cheetah, buffalo, lion as well as a variety of other game including hyena, zebra, giraffe, many species of antelope and much more. As well as the larger, more obvious creatures your hosts will delight in showing you the smaller but no less important members of this ecosystem as well as the birds and plants.
Our per person, per night rate includes accommodation, 2 game activities per day, beverages on game activites and all meals.

from R4480

Bundox Safari Lodge

2 Reviews
Sleeps 27 in 5 rooms

In amongst the mysteries of Africa and South Africa, steeped in mythology, an Eden awaits; imagine a place so beautiful, serene and...
In amongst the mysteries of Africa and South Africa, steeped in mythology, an Eden awaits; imagine a place so beautiful, serene and unspoilt that it will wrap your soul in eternal longing to return. Share the flickering camp fire with your hosts and fellow guests and walk away with a memorable experience.

Bundox Safari Lodge, previously the Porcupine Bush Lodge, offers luxurious accommodation ranging from homely Thatched Chalets to individually styled Safari Tents. Accommodation can be offered on a bed and breakfast, full board, or a self-catering basis.

Spend languid days next to the pool, take part in Big 5 walks or open vehicle game drives. Relax and let your hosts escort you on wonderful activities including game drives into Kruger National Park, elephant back safaris, visits to local rehabilitation centres and much more. Bundox Safari Lodge offers you a complete journey to wonderful memories.
from R800

Karongwe Bush Lodge

Sleeps 26 in 13 rooms

Karongwe Bush Lodge offers a natural bush experience for small groups. The tranquil and beautiful lodge is located on the most spectacular...
Karongwe Bush Lodge offers a natural bush experience for small groups. The tranquil and beautiful lodge is located on the most spectacular location of the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, with 180-degree views over the magnificent mountains, bush and river.

The Karongwe Private Game Reserve is located in Limpopo Province and is home to the spectacular Big 5, as well as over 50 species of indigenous wildlife including lion, leopard, elephants, buffalo, and rhino. Set in on over 9,000 hectares of carefully maintained bush land, there is no better place to experience real African bush than in the Karongwe Reserve.

Karongwe Bush Lodge is a charming camp, remotely located deep into the bush and adjacent to the Makhutswe River. The camp is best suited for small groups of 12 or more guests. All tents feature en-suite bathrooms with a shower and come complete with fans, hairdryers, minibars, tea and coffee-making facilities, and electricity.

Karongwe Bush Lodge also offers a fully licensed bar on a scenic deck, a swimming pool area, and a boma for outdoor dining. Transfers to and from the lodge as well as babysitting services can be provided on request. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy, including daily game drives, guided walks, horse riding, trips to the Kruger National Park and Panorama Route, hot-air balloon trips, boat trips and adventure sports, including paintball, quad biking and water rafting.
from R4400

Bushwillow Tented Camp

Sleeps 60 in 10 rooms

Situated in Muldersdrift only 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bush Willow Tented Camp offers a unique experience. The small...
Situated in Muldersdrift only 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bush Willow Tented Camp offers a unique experience. The small tented camp is built in a sector of Glenburn Lodge which is surrounded by indigenous bush at the foot of the Zwartkops Mountains, on the banks of the Blaauwbank River.

Accommodation comprises ten large comfortable walk-in tents, sleeping between four and six people each, with hot indoor showers and a small kitchenette. All meals are prepared and enjoyed in the thatched boma area where one can relax with a glass of wine while the tantalizing aroma of food fills the air. The tented camp can be booked exclusively by a group in conjunction with the full take-up of all the tents, accommodating up to 60 people. Please note that from the second night onwards, guests will pay a cheaper rate per tent, hence we advise guests to request the appropriate tariffs. Guests can bring their own bedding or it can be supplied at an additional cost of R70.

The latest addition to the Glenburn offering is Glenwillow conference venue within the Bush Willow Tented Camp. Ideally situated on the Blaauwbank River, this venue accommodates between 20 and 60 guests for conferences. A thatch gazebo overlooking the mountain can be utilised as a breakaway area. Established team building companies are rating this venue as one of the best in Gauteng due to its natural surroundings and ample space for team building activities, drumming and fire-walking. In addition to this, the exclusive use of a heated swimming pool, access to river fishing as well as nature walks along marked trails in the mountain are some of the leisure activities available.

With rugby, hockey, cricket and gym facilities, Bush Willow is an inviting option for school, provincial and international sport teams requiring training facilities. Glenburn Lodge is a proud sponsor of the Golden Lions who utilise the facilities for training purposes.

If an Africa-inspired wedding is on your wedding wish list, look no further than Bush Willow Tented Camp where a boma, indigenous vegetation and river frontage awaits you in the shade of the Zwartkops Mountain. Ideally situated on the Blaauwbank River, Bush Willow Tented Camp offers a fun-filled alternative for weddings with its boma, ten tents and heated swimming pool. Each tent accommodates up to six guests and is equipped with a kitchenette, hot water shower and toilet. Standard bedding and duvets can be provided or brides may choose to involve the services or a décor or rental company to decorate the tents. This secluded venue accommodates between 20 and 60 guests for weddings. A thatch gazebo overlooking the mountain is utilised as a chapel. The area can be exclusively booked by a group in conjunction with the full take-up of all the tents, accommodating up to 60 persons at a very competitive rate. Although the tented camp is a self-catering venue for leisure guests, weddings can be catered for by Glenburn Lodge and an extensive range of mouth-watering menus are available.
from R860

Tipi Experience

1 Review
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

Come and experience natural native American Indian living in a Sioux tipi, situated in Philadelphia. The Tipi is furnished with a double...
Come and experience natural native American Indian living in a Sioux tipi, situated in Philadelphia. The Tipi is furnished with a double bed.

The Tipi is equipped with a fire-pit, a single gas burner, crockery, cutlery, bedding, oil/candle lamps and firewood. Bring your own towels, food and drinks. Wake up to the sound of nature and animals for a relaxing stay. Horse riding is available on request.
from R700

The Beach Camp

4 Reviews
Sleeps 23 in 11 rooms

Bury your toes in the sand while sipping your favourite drink, staring over the ocean by day and at the campfire at night. With comfortable...
Bury your toes in the sand while sipping your favourite drink, staring over the ocean by day and at the campfire at night. With comfortable bedded tents and A-frame huts, all the necessary equipment and delicious seafood dinners, camping doesn't get much better than this.

The Beach Camp™ is well-protected against the wind and shade is plentiful in the lapa area to protect you against sunburn. Chill Cove is just that, lie on a hammock and snooze the day away or read a book with the Atlantic Ocean in the background.

Accommodation consists of four cosy wooden A-frame huts with beds that can accommodate two people each. In addition, we also have six comfortable tents with two beds in each plus one three-man tent with a double and a single bed. We have a fully equipped kitchen tent with all the necessary pots, pans and all other utensils for braais.

The Beach Camp has a licensed bar for residents only, therefore you are not permitted to bring your own alcohol onto our premises. We do however realize that not everyone enjoys box wine, so if you are particular about the type of wine you drink you may bring your own bottle, a corkage fee applies.

Ablutions include hot showers, toilets, hand basin with hot and cold water and a mirror for the ladies. We are not dependent on electricity and have none by choice. This is a unique experience getting back to nature for those who want to rediscover peace of mind, the healing of nature and slowing down to appreciate the birds, hear the sound of the waves crashing against pink granite rock – the sounds of nature abound.
from R550

Bushman's Hide

5 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Fall in love at Bushman’s Hide, the heart of the Waterberg.

Hidden in the Waterberg biosphere nature reserve, Bushman’s Hide...
Fall in love at Bushman’s Hide, the heart of the Waterberg.

Hidden in the Waterberg biosphere nature reserve, Bushman’s Hide is a welcoming vision of understated luxury amid the archaeological treasures and biological diversity of this beautiful wilderness.

With just four luxury safari tents – each with a queen bed, bathroom, bar fridge, coffee station, private patio and outdoor fireplace – Bushman’s Hide offers a special tranquillity and romance.

Enjoy three delicious meals daily – served on your private patio, at the poolside, beside the fire, on the lookout deck, or packed into a picnic basket.
Activities include nature walks, easy quad biking trails, visits to the Heuser family’s beloved Nguni herd, photography retreats, wine tasting weekends and more.
from R1900

Black Leopard Camp

10 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 9 rooms

Black Leopard Camp is situated in the magnificent 6000-hectare Thaba Tholo Wilderness, in the Lyndenburg district of Mpumalanga. Black...
Black Leopard Camp is situated in the magnificent 6000-hectare Thaba Tholo Wilderness, in the Lyndenburg district of Mpumalanga. Black Leopard Camp is more than just a bush getaway; it’s an active attempt to conserve and protect the threatened leopards of northern Mpumalanga. Working with the Ingwe Leopard Project, it monitors the free-roaming leopards that traverse its lands, giving visitors the opportunity to participate in these worthwhile experiences.

Our guests are ensured of personal attention at all times and experience what larger more commercial private game lodges offer, without having to put up with the land rover hordes that guests at larger concerns experience, and most importantly at a much more affordable rate.

If you are on your way to The Kruger National Park, Mozambique, Nelspruit, Lydenburg, Dullstroom, Pilgrims Rest, Blyde River Canyon, Hoedspruit, Polokwane, Burgersfort, Orhigstad, Sabie Sabie, Long Tom Pass, Bourke’s Luck, Mac Mac Falls, Gods Window, Jock of the Bushveld or any of the other world-class tourist destinations, then Black Leopard Camp is the perfect stop over to visit for a couple of days.

There is an abundance of activities including archaeological ruins to view. You could even set up your own motion sensitive camera traps - who knows, you could be the one to get a photo of the legendary black leopard. Enjoy beautiful scenery which includes mountains, rivers plus a host of flora including the beautiful protea. Black Leopard Camp is a game and birding mecca. One can even try and spot the breeding pairs of black eagles.
from R2190

Shindzela Tented Safari Camp

3 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Shindzela (named after the Honey badger in the African Shangaan language) is an authentic tented...
Shindzela (named after the Honey badger in the African Shangaan language) is an authentic tented bush camp made from wood and canvas, set within the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park, South Africa. It is from here that Shindzela brings you an affordable wildlife safari, where you can explore the African wilderness on game drives in open safari vehicles and on foot during bush walks. Safari activities are conducted by professional and knowledgeable safari guides. The camp has an informal, relaxed atmosphere, and is alive with warm African hospitality.

Shindzela offers guests a greater Kruger wildlife safari, in an unfenced wilderness environment. We have no power, instead we use solar power, gas and candles. We are undisturbed by modern conveniences such as television and cell phones, preferring to immerse ourselves in the African wilderness. The camp accommodates just 12 guests, and offers walking safaris, and game drives in open vehicles.

Shindzela offers both game drives and bush walks. Each nature encounter places an emphasis on understanding the wild environment, and tracking and viewing animals in their natural surroundings. As we are a small camp, we are able to accommodate a guest’s preference of activity, be it a walking safari or game drive safari.

The Timbavati Reserve, South Africa, is home to a myriad of mammal species, including Africa’s Big Five animals - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Other species of game that visitors may encounter whilst on safari include hyena, jackal, giraffe, hippo, wild dog, zebra, kudu and impala, to mention just a few. There are over 350 bird species recorded in the area. The Reserve is open to the Kruger National Park, providing animals with a vast expanse of wilderness in which to roam, free of fences.

Game viewing is conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons. Safari activities begin at dawn, and guests return to camp mid-morning. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in camp. In the afternoon, depending on the animal movements in the area, guides may suggest a game drive and short walk, followed by sundowners and a night safari game drive. The best time to view game on your African safari, are the early hours of the morning and during the late afternoon. This is when most game is active – during the heat of the day, many animals tend to seek shade and are less active. Night game drives with a spotlight bring you in to contact with nocturnal animals such as Bush babies, Civets, Genets, African wild cats, Porcupines and so forth.

Guests choosing a walking safari should be prepared to walk anywhere from 2 to 3 hours on a trail. All walking trails are led by an experienced armed trails guide. A maximum of 8 guests make up a trail. Guides will give guests a thorough safety briefing before starting, so that they are comfortable with the rules and safety instructions pertaining to their walking trail. Please note that during summer bush walks may be shorter in duration, due to the thick bush.


At Shindzela, we offer an authentic African safari experience in an unfenced, private and natural wilderness environment. Safari accommodation is in twin or double safari canvas tents, set on wooden platforms. Tents have a wooden entrance door, adjustable canvas flaps for windows, and mesh to keep insects out. Each tent has a thatch roof and porch, designed to cool the tents in summer. Tents have solar lighting, and are equipped with all bedding and towels. Private bathrooms are made from reeds wood and canvas and feature a shower, hand basin and flush toilet.

The general bush camp area encompasses a covered dining area, swimming pool, kitchen and central African fireplace - a perfect spot to relive safari experiences around the fire. Your African safari is hosted by a guide and tracker, and the camp is owner managed. We operate an honesty bar, where guests can help themselves to drinks, and record their drinks on a bar tab sheet. We have deliberately decided to keep the camp undeveloped, so as to better blend in to the environment, and offer guests an undisturbed wilderness experience.

There are numerous advantages to enjoying a safari in a well-known Private Game Reserve, which is part of the greater Kruger National Park:

Shindzela is situated in a private concession area within the Timbavati Reserve, this means we are able to be to offer our guests a number of distinct advantages for their wildlife safari: We are the only safari operator in this concession area, which means we are undisturbed by other commercial vehicles, so have unrestricted opportunity for animals sightings. We are able to offer true walking safaris in a Big Five Reserve. The camp is unfenced, making it very much part of the wilderness. We can stay out later on activities, including night drives. We are permitted to drive off road into the bush in search of predators or unusual sightings.

Whilst we make every effort to seek out the Big Five animals lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, we focus on the whole safari environment, showing appreciation for all aspects of the wilderness, animal behaviour and habitat, trees, insect and plant life, as well as viewing all the other species of game found in the bush. Animals are free to roam in vast areas, this is not an area of managed sightings, but rather a true wilderness experience, with natural movement of game.
from R3780

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

3 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Bush Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger...
Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Bush Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park is open and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains forms a majestic backdrop. These family owned and operated safari camps pride themselves on their warm atmosphere with a choice of either African safari tented or historic farm house accommodation.

Our unassuming camps promise an intimate nature experience in a relaxing environment where you can unwind, kick your shoes off and be yourself. Enjoy lantern lit dinners in our boma or open deck under the star-studded African sky. Breakfast and lunch is served on open decks with views the bush and water holes frequented by a variety of resident animals.

Sunrise and sunset safaris in open 4x4 vehicles are the highlights of the day. With our professional field guides, visitors can go in search of some of Africa’s famous variety of mammal and bird life, such as giraffe, zebra, African fish eagles, vultures and the notorious Big 5. On nature walks our armed trail guides will focus on some of the less noticeable aspects of the bush such as the rhinoceros beetle and how to make rope from a raisin bush.

At Sausage Tree Bush Camp we strive towards being exclusive and affordable at the same time. Both our camps can only accommodate eight visitors respectively, thus ensuring a very personal experience at an affordable price.

Our African safari-style tents are nestled in between marula, knobthorn acacia and sausage trees and overlook a dry river bed, the bush and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Each tent is spacious and built in an elevated position with its own special view. The tents are fully furnished and have their own private decks and en-suite bathrooms with baths and outdoor showers. Inverter or eco-based air-conditioners are fitted in each tent ensuring that you stay cool during those warm summer nights, and set to warm during those colder nights in winter. Insect gauze on all the windows and doors keep the insects outside where they belong.

In the main reception area visitors will find a lounge for those lazy afternoons, and a dining area that keeps visitors dry when it rains. There is a cosy bar complete with a variety of first-class South African wines.

On the open deck outside there is a sunken swimming pool and fireplace where visitors can enjoy those magical African nights. During the day, the deck has unrivalled views of the surrounding bush, dry river bed, water hole and mountains in the background.

Sausage Tree Tented Safari Camp's resident staff will ensure that everyone has a memorable stay and becomes part of our continually growing family.
from R4300

Simbavati River Lodge

Sleeps 28 in 11 rooms

Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the world famous...
Simbavati River Lodge is an intimate and friendly camp built on the banks of the Nhlaralumi River in the heart of the world famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Shaded by age old Jackalberry and Leadwood trees, Simbavati is warm and welcoming, with a generous contemporary design and accommodation for up to eighteen guests in luxury tented rooms or thatched chalets.

Simbavati takes its name from the local Shangaan language, translated as “the place where the lions come down from the stars”. The focus of the lodge is on the excellent Big 5 game viewing, breathtaking views, friendly and knowledgeable staff in an environment where guests are made to feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment they arrive. 

Simbavati River Lodge situated is in the northern sector of the Timbavati Nature Reserve, surrounded by over 12 000 hectares of wildlife rich wilderness in which 4 Star lodge is contemporary, warm and welcoming. Guest common areas offer a generously proportioned lounge, bar, boma and extensive decks with breathtaking views overlooking the Nhlaralumi river where regular wildlife sightings take place and guests can unwind. There's also a small plunge pool for relaxing during the heat of the day, an activity area to keep children occupied, and a secluded spa retreat for a pampering massage.

Accommodation consists of four luxury tents and three chalets. All are privately situated and comfortably furnished with eco-friendly air-conditioning and en-suite facilities. Early morning coffee and tea with rusks are provided. After the morning game drive, brunch is served outside on the wooden deck with hot beverages and an English buffet, whilst high tea is served just before the afternoon game drive. Dinner is a festive event, alternatively served around the campfire in the open air boma or in the thatched restaurant. Dinner combines African and Western cuisine. The fully-licensed bar caters for alcoholic beverages and includes a wide selection of fine South African wines.

Simbavati River Lodge is an uncomplicated and down to earth safari experience and guests are encouraged to relax and feel at home. The lounge area is the perfect place to relax on a comfortable couch with a book from the in-house library or doze off on an afternoon siesta. During the mid-day heat, recline in a sun lounger or take a dip in our swimming pool. Children are catered for with an activity plan or increase their wildlife knowledge with a large selection of books at their disposal. The lodge has a curio shop in which to buy any necessities forgotten at home, or an African memento to remind you of your visit to Simbavati River Lodge.

Simbavati River Lodge offers game drives in the early morning and evening to ensure game viewing when the animals are most active. Game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and Shangaan trackers in open 4X4 vehicles, with excellent photographic opportunities. You traverse over 12,000 hectares of the Big 5 game country, with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, as well as other species such as kudu, zebra, warthog, giraffe, monkey to name a few.

Nocturnal animals, including the big cats, are regularly sighted on night drives. Bird viewing is spectacular. Over 360 recorded species including various eagles, vultures, kingfishers, woodpeckers, buzzards, herons, egrets, owls, weavers. The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve was initiated in 1956 by a group of land owners concerned about the degradation of this once pristine wilderness area. Timbavati is dedicated to conservation by maintaining the biodiversity of species and is also involved in different research projects.

The Timbavati Game Reserve is one of the few places in the world where you have the opportunity to see the unique white lion in their natural environment. The resident lion prides of the Timbavati carry the recessive gene "chinchillia' that is responsible for this unusual anomaly. Just recently, two white lions were born into resident prides, and lucky guests have a good chance of seeing these cubs whilst visiting Simbavati.

Children of all ages are welcome at Simbavati. Only children of six and older are allowed on game drives, unless the family books a private land rover. Private land rovers can be arranged, subject to availability at an additional R1000.00 per game drive of three to four hours. The third and fourth persons staying in a Family Chalet are charged separate rates, as well as children under the age on 12 years.
from R4725
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