The Best Private Nature Reserves in South Africa

As South Africans, we have a connection with the proud land on which we live. However, most of us live in cities and suburban areas where the closest thing we get to the big five is the neighbour’s cat. That is why so many South Africans head to the bush at the first chance they get, so that they can reconnect with nature and enjoy the many bounties of our county. So, if you are planning a safari trip and are wondering where to go, here are some of the most admirable reserves in South Africa.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier park lies in the Kalahari Desert regions of South Africa and Botswana while bordering Namibia to the west. At 38000 km squared, this reserve’s dry red dunes are home to a series of migrating beasts including Springboks, wildebeest and black-maned Kalahari lions.

The park is also home to a number of lodges, both luxury and rustic that provides the perfect getaway for safari enthusiasts who are looking for epic game drives and guided hikes with rangers.

Pilansberg Game Reserve

Just to the northwest of Johannesburg, the Pilansburg Game Reserve provides the perfect bush escape for those who are looking for a safari experience a little closer to home. This game reserve has as much to offer in natural beauty and landscape as it does in its variety of animals. This reserve which is not far from Sun City, is set in an extinct volcanic crater where it is host to an abundance of life which include rhinos, leopards and lions.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve

This reserve in Mpumalanga is situated just next to the Kruger National Park, just to the west of the Kruger gate and Skukuza camp. It is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa for locals and tourists alike who are searching for adventure in an epic game park. Characterised by lush views and luxurious resorts, it’s no wonder that this game reserve is a South African favourite.

Shamwari Game Reserve

For many years, Shamwari Game Reserve has been voted as the world’s leading game reserve and conservation company. Situated 75km outside of Port Elizabeth, this reserve is home to a massive array of indigenous animals, birds and plant-life. They also boast extreme luxury in terms of lodging and dining, making for an unforgettable experience.

Timbavati Private Game Reserve

We’ve saved the best for last. The Timbavati private nature and game reserve takes the business of conservation very seriously, and it is through their provisions of luxury accommodation that they have been able to complete ground-breaking research that aids conservation of indigenous plant, bird and animal life in their park. There are a number of safari lodges in the park as well, each suited to specific types of people, which means there is a little something for everyone in the reserve.

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