Top South African Game Reserves

Kruger National Park

This reserve spans over 2 million hectares, and has a great variety of different accommodation from lodges, tented campsites, family cottages to bungalows and chalets. All accommodation has been spread strategically over the Kruger National Park to maximise game spotting opportunities. The crocodile bridge rest camp is known for the large population of lions that hunt around the banks of the crocodile river.

It’s tough to top the experience at this world renowned private game reserve. This is considered to be by many the most beautiful private game reserve in Africa, and should be at the top of any wildlife enthusiasts list.

Sabi Sands Reserve

The Sabi Sands reserve is one of the most exclusive private game reserves in South Africa. This reserve hosts some of the most luxurious lodges, with each one offering a different experience. Sabi Sands is known to be one of the best leopard conservancies in Africa and is probably the main attraction along with the opportunity to see the rest of the Big-Five up close and personal.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

This game reserve hosts virtually every single mammal found in South Africa as well as the rest of the Big Five. You are able to choose from self-driven game drives or hire one of their many experienced game ranges to take you through to all the must see spots in the reserve as well as share their extensive knowledge on the animals and land

If you decide to take a break from the reserve then there is always Sun City right next door which offers an entertainment centre, golf course, water park and casino.

Addo Elephant National Park

Considered by many to be one of the top destinations for any tourist, the Addo elephant park is a true African experience that you won’t forget. This private game reserve is situated in the dense bush of the Eastern Cape. It offers arguably the most spectacular elephant viewing in the world. You are able to book accommodation that ranges from beautiful five star lodges to backpacking and camping facilities.


Madikwe Game Reserve

This reserve borders Botswana and is located in the North West Province about 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. It is also one of the few reserves in South Africa that is Malaria free. Madikwe has a diverse range of vegetation as well as ideal topography for viewing the wide range of animals that they have on display.

Justin wrote this article after doing research for private game reserves

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