Living in South Africa has its perks, and certainly one of them is the vast amount of wildlife on our doorstep. As the season changes, the animals begin their annual migration, creating more opportunities for wildlife to be seen. But perhaps the biggest drawcard for visiting one of the many game reserves or national parks in the country during winter are the reduced rates at safari lodges.
Take full advantage this winter at these lodges around South Africa.
Area: Welgevonden Game Reserve
Ekuthuleni, meaning "place of peace" is exactly what the name implies - breathtaking views of the peaceful grassy plains of Welgevonden Game Reserve. Here guests can unwind in the luxurious suites at the Lodge, which come inclusive of romantic outdoor showers and private courtyards. An abundance of flora and fauna can be found in the reserve, and guests are taken on two daily game drives.
Mkuze Falls Game Lodge
The unique richness of KwaZulu-Natal is perfectly encapsulated at Mkuze Falls Game Lodge. Located in the heart of Zululand, this lodge features nine elegant thatched chalets and one safari suite. Apart from boasting the Big 5 and a horde of other plains game, over 430 different species of bird can be found here.
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Area: Pilanesberg National Park
Located on the slopes of an ancient volcano in the Pilanesberg National Park, Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is a renowned accommodation choice in the district owing to its wide range of activities for both adults and children. Here adults can enjoy guided bush walks and stargazing while the little ones will be delighted with the Junior Rangers program. Photographers will love the bird walk and hides available at the lodge.
Gomo Gomo Game Lodge
Area: Greater Kruger
Within the beautiful Klaserie Private Reserve in the Greater Kruger you'll find Gomo Gomo - an intimate camp complete with several luxury chalets and superb game viewing opportunities. The Klaserie Reserve is over 6000 hectares in size and features a multitude of wildlife, with viewing provided in an open 4x4 vehicle with a Shangaan tracker.
Isibindi Zulu Lodge
A beautiful lodge that pays tribute to the Zulu culture. Set among the rolling hills of montane grassland and riverine forests of the Isibindi Eco-Reserve, the suites at Isibindi Zulu Lodge are specifically designed in the manner of the traditional Zulu beehive shape and guests are given a special Zulu-inspired boma dinner. Apart from an intriguing and special look into Zulu culture, the reserve offers a slice of South African wildlife at its best.
Kosi Forest Lodge
Kosi Forest Lodge is an idyllic retreat situated in the wilderness of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site. Sixteen thatched suites make up the lodge, all providing earthy charm of the forest coupled with elegance. A horde of activities is on offer at Kosi Forest Lodge, with raffia forest walks, guided canoe tours and beach excursions being the most popular.
Amakhala Bush Lodge
Area: Eastern Cape
This 5-star tented bush camp is ideally positioned at the top end of a valley in the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, providing guests with spectacular views of the unspoilt waterhole and surrounds. The Lodge offers two daily game drives on open 4x4 game viewing vehicles, with the possibility of spotting the Big 5 as well as a wealth of other animal species found in the reserve.
(Source: Specials 4 Africa)
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