How to Choose a South African Game Lodge

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How to Choose a South African Game Lodge

South Africa is a captivating land, boasting a rich culture and history, the best-developed economy in Africa, many great places to shop and eat, and breathtaking natural beauty. Experience the best of South Africa when you plan a trip to stay at one of the country’s exquisite game lodges, many of which offer delectable dining, luxurious living, and, of course, close encounters with some of the most majestic animals on the planet.

How can you choose the lodge that is right for you? At Goway, we offer travel packages to two dozen of the country’s best lodges across five different areas. Here is a glimpse at what each area has to offer. After reading this guide, head to our game lodges page so you can choose your escape.

Eastern Cape
Imagine yourself standing on rugged cliffs as you overlook a tumultuous sea. Or, do you see yourself strolling along the artistic Route 67 in Port Elizabeth, one of South Africa’s largest cities? You can do both in the Eastern Cape province, but you can also experience so much more. Eastern Cape is home to Africa’s Big Five species and is malaria-free across all its diverse ecosystems. Rent a car and drive the picturesque Garden Route. Stop at De Hoop Nature Reserve or Tsitsikamma National Park along the way to get a full taste of the region’s natural beauty.

A stay at Pumba Private Game Reserve and Msenge Bush Lodge offers stunning views of Lake Kariega and the surrounding wilderness. Covering 6,500 hectares, and housing the Big 5, visitors will enjoy 5-star luxury as they experience the true wpnders of Africa.

Suggested Itinerary:
8-Day Cape Gourmet

Wilderness surrounds the Pumba Private Game Reserve
Wilderness surrounds the Pumba Private Game Reserve

Kruger
Kruger National Park is a world unto itself, boasting more than 2 million hectares of space. Within that expansive area, the options for safari thrills are endless. Nearly 1,200 species of animals inhabit the park, including 147 mammals and more than 500 types of birds.

For an affordable and romantic escape, stay at Arathsutha Lodge. Love history? Choose Jock Safari Lodge, which boasts a post-colonial air in its architecture. The descendants of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick built the lodge, and you’ll see areas at the lodge, such as the concession area, pay tribute to the title dog of Sir Percy’s classic children’s book, “Jock of the Bushveld”. Want to splurge on luxury? Book a stay at the Lion Sands Sabi Sands – Ivory Lodge.

Uncover more of the wonders of Kruger National Park.

Private pool at Jock Safari Lodge
Private pool at Jock Safari Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal
The province of KwaZulu-Natal is home to a wealth of natural wonders and cultural marvels. Two UNESCO World Heritage sites are here, including the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. The former teams with lakes and marine wildlife, while the latter is where you can get a look at the awe-inspiring “Dragon Mountains”. Want to explore African culture? Stop by a traditional healers’ market or visit one of many religious sites in the area.

Phinda Forest Lodge, Phinda Mountain Lodge, and Phinda Rock Lodge are all in KwaZulu-Natal. Both the Mountain Lodge and Rock Lodge give you access to glimpses of Africa’s Big Five.

This province is rife with riches. Feel the sand between your toes at Rocktail Beach Camp or take a safari on a luxurious Rovos Rail train as you travel from Durban to Pretoria.

Explore all your Goway KwaZulu-Natal options.

Phinda Forest Lodge exterior
Phinda Forest Lodge exterior

North West Province
The North West Province, on the border of Botswana, is sometimes called the “Platinum Province” because of all the metal within its underground and plenty above ground, too. Visit Sun City, a resort destination where you can gamble at a casino, take an exhilarating ride in a hot air balloon, or get your swing on at the area’s two challenging golf courses.

Two of the country’s most outstanding wildlife reserves are in the North West Province, both of which are malaria-free. To see the amazing sights at Madikwe Game Reserve, stay at the opulent and artfully decorated Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. If Pilanesberg National Park appeals more to you, book a room at the affordable Ivory Tree Game Lodge.

Suggested Itinerary:
10-Day Ultimate South Africa

Suite at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Suite at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge
Pool at Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Pool at Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Northern Cape
The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely-populated province in South Africa, and is rich in early history.

For a true escape, head to Tswalu Kalahari, the largest private game reserve in South Africa. The magnificent property welcomes no more than 30 guests at a time, so you and your family can have a private getaway that puts you in touch with the best of nature. Let field guides and butlers pamper you as you take in more than 100,000 hectares that make up this pristine reserve. While you’re there, you might spot a black rhino, a cheetah, some meerkats, or even a lion.

Game drive at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve
Game drive at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve

South Africa is truly a wonderland for those who have an appetite for adventure, and you can’t go wrong when you’re choosing a game lodge in this amazing country. Pack your bags, get your camera ready, and soar to South Africa.