Game lodges in South Africa for the perfect wild experience

Posted on 26 September 2023 By Jordyn Johnson

Springtime brings fresh buds, greener views, and baby wildlife to South Africa’s reserves and game lodges.

If you’re looking at game lodges to stay at for a getaway in the bush, these ten specials will definitely capture your attention.

1. Legend Simba Safari

Game lodges

Legend Simba Safari is situated in the lush, green African bush of the Limpopo Province. Its privately owned boutique villas and suites form part of a luxury safari resort. The wild beauty of the bushveld combines perfectly with the elegance of luxury accommodation, and guests can enjoy panoramic views of the natural surroundings and freely roaming wildlife.

  • Value: R2,200
  • You Pay: R1,650
  • Deal: 1-night stay for two people in a double room or luxury on-suite
  • Expiration date: 30 November 2023
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2. Modlito River Lodge

This lodge is in the heart of the African bushveld in the Great Kruger National Park. Modlito River Lodge’s luxury rooms have a winding walkway connecting with the Main Lodge. The lodge was designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding environment.

  • Value: R17,201
  • You Pay: R9,999
  • Deal: Two-night stay for two people, meals, and game drives included
  • Expiration date: 11 December 2023
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3. Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp

Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp is in the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, or ‘The Place of the Mountain.’ This camp is three hours from Johannesburg and is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It offers guests both luxury and an immersive African wilderness experience. Whether you and your plus one long to witness the Big Five up close on a game drive or experience delectable cuisine, the Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp caters to everyone.

  • Value: R5,000
  • You Pay: R2,701
  • Deal: One night stay for two, includes breakfast and dinner, two game drives, and an R100 voucher each to go towards a bush walk
  • Expiration date: 30 September 2023
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4. The Orpen Gate

Game lodges

If you seek a unique and authentic Kruger experience that promises comfort and adventure, you should consider a getaway at Orpan Kruger. Enjoy a wilderness retreat at this top travel destination and the silence that nature offers.

  • Value: R12,400
  • You Pay: R7,999
  • Deal: Two-night stay for two people, breakfast and dinner included
  • Expiration date: 10 December 2023
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5. Mutsami Private Bush Lodge

Unwind in nature, begin each day with a delicious bush breakfast, and spend time looking for Africa’s glorious wildlife. Mutsami Private Bush Lodge is a wildlife enthusiast haven that offers an escape into the Greater Kruger Park. You can relax with a sundowner on the Olifant River bank or join an exhilarating game drive.

  • Value: R9,000
  • You Pay: 4,999
  • Deal: One-night stay for six people in a self-catering lodge
  • Expiration date: 30 November 2023
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6. Goudkop Bush Camp

Game lodges

Get out of Cape Town for a quiet stay on the West Coast. Goudkop Bush & Detox Camp is nestled on a hillside at the edge of the Verlorenvlei Vallei and is a sanctuary for nature lovers and solitary seekers. The Panoramic views over the Sandveld Valley and Piketberg Mountains welcome you, and you can fully immerse in nature as the wildlife grazes near your chalet.

  • Value: R1,900
  • You Pay: R949
  • Deal: two-night stay for two people, R30 voucher each to go towards a game drive or takeaway cappuccino at the farm stall
  • Expiration date: 30 September 2023
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7. Kololo Game Reserve

Escape the busyness of urban life and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the African wilderness. Kololo Game Reserve is situated in Limpopo’s heart of the Waterberg biosphere and offers a safari and wildlife experience in a setting of pristine beauty. Enjoy the endless savannah of rivers, forests, and rocky hills with a wide variety of wildlife.

  • Value: R9,900
  • You Pay: R5,900
  • Deal: One-night stay for two, includes all meals, beverages, and two 3-hour safari game drives
  • Expiration date: 31 October 2023
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8. Thulani Game Lodge and Eco Estate

Game lodges

Thulani Game Lodge and Eco Estate is located in the Waterberg, Limpopo, within a Private Nature Reserve. It is a 4-star lodge and is the ideal location for couples to immerse themselves fully in the African Bushveld. The lodge sits on a hill between the Maroela trees and offers expansive views of the undisturbed bushveld.

  • Value: R5,300
  • You Pay: R3,699
  • Deal: Two-night stay for two, breakfast and dinner included
  • Expiration date: 30 November 2023
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9. Leopard Kruger Lodge

Leopard Kruger Lodge is a family-friendly lodge tucked away in Marloth people, where people of all ages can partake in activities amidst the unspoiled wilderness. The lodge has four rooms with private bathrooms and the onsite facilities include a pool and braai area. Marloth Park is home to four of the Big Five and is the perfect safari getaway.

  • Value: R2,000
  • You Pay: R999
  • Deal: Two-night stay for two people, breakfast and dinner included
  • Expiration date: 30 November 2023
  • Website:

10. Nkonyeni Lodge

Game lodges

This lodge borders the Usuthu River and is home to various indigenous veld, wildlife, and birdlife. You will have the bushveld in your backyard, and you can explore it on foot, bicycle, or car. Simplicity and tradition meet contemporary elegance at Nkonyeni Lodge, and the luxury chalets overlook the river and wildlife pass by.

  • Value: R3,502
  • You Pay: R1,699
  • Deal: Two-night stay for two people, breakfast included, couple’s massage OR game drive
  • Expiration date: 30 November 2023
  • Website:

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