5 Affordable winter safari experiences for South Africans

We know how tempting it can be to hole yourself up in winter and see how long you can stay on the couch without having to stick any limbs out from under your warm blankie. 

However, when certain parts of South Africa are especially beautiful and even more enticing for us locals during the winter months.

One such activity is definitely a safari or bushveld escape.  Take a look at these five options, we're pretty sure you will want to hit the road right away:

Karongwe River Lodge, Greater Kruger

The qualified game rangers and Shangaan trackers at Karongwe River Lodge ensure that a multitude of fauna is seen on the daily game drive offered. Over 365 bird species call this section of the Greater Kruger home as well as the Big 5. 

The location is absolutely enchanting, sporting views of the Makhutsi river and the panoramic Lowveld. Eleven upscale suites make up the Karongwe River Lodge, with a spacious deck that provides fantastic game viewing from the comfort of the main lodge. 

Karongwe River Lodge – Click here for more details

Tambuti Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park

Surrounded by ancient Tambuti trees, this lodge in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park is equipped with beautifully-appointed rooms, private decks and outdoor showers. 

Tambuti Game Lodge is the ideal destination to sneak away for a romantic weekend in the bush – private, candlelit dinners can be arranged here and the attraction of the Big 5 and other large game makes this lodge a popular destination for South African travellers. 

Tambuti Game Lodge –  Click here for more details


The Bush House, Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe is arguably the finest game reserve in the country, and The Bush House is a jewel in the crown of this North-West Province treasure. The luxurious lodge we know today used to be quite different, and was actually once a farmhouse that has been renovated to its present-day glory. 

Six en-suite rooms are available, with four of them each sporting unparalleled views of Madikwe, where the Big 5 and a host of other wildlife are regularly spotted. 

The Bush House – Click here for more details

Tangala Safari Camp Kruger

The renown Thornybush Game Reserve, located in a naturally-rich part of the Kruger National Park, is home to Tangala Safari Camp – a thatched, luxury camp comprising 5 twin-bedded chalets. This electricity-free choice of accommodation prides itself on conservation and sustainability. In fact, it is one of the very few electricity-free safari camps in South Africa. 

Game viewing is of a high standard in Thornybush and the Big 5 is regularly spotted, along with a horde of resident bird species. Tangala may be off-the-grid, but it is certainly on par with one of the best safari experiences around. 

Tangala Safari Camp –  Click here for more info

Kuname River Lodge, Drakensberg

Sporting magnificent views of the foothills of the Drakensberg, Kuname River Camp consists of 5five, tastefully decorated chalets that provide guests with an intimate safari experience in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve – 45 minutes away from the Kruger National Park. 

Experienced rangers ensure that wildlife sightings are frequent and an impressive number of animal and bird species roam free in this 9000 hectare reserve. From open- air vehicle game viewing by morning to sipping on a cocktail in a rockpool by evening, Kuname River Lodge beckons to be explored this winter.  

 Kuname River Lodge - Click here for more info


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