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          South Africa | Four Luxury Game Lodges

          Posted in Travel Writing, South Africa on 19th May 2017

          South Africa… is often described as “the world in one country” with its hugely contrasting landscapes, languages, wildlife and cultures. We’ve handpicked four luxury lodges set within Big 5 Game Reserves which we believe are the perfect way to discover this fascinating country.

          A popular haven for couples

          Shamwari Bayethe Lodge offers the ultimate in luxury tented accommodation and is set in the north of Shamwari. Twelve Superior tents offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in calmness, surrounded by lush vegetation offering ample privacy and a feeling of seclusion. All tents are air conditioned and offer electric blankets, a private plunge pool and wooden viewing deck. The lodge also has a bush relaxation retreat for those wishing to indulge in some spa treatments.

          Family Friendly

          Shamwari Riverdene Lodge is perfect for families with children from 4 years up. This light and contemporary-style experience, in a restored frontier homestead, has nine luxury rooms and offers an infinity pool, supervised playroom, spacious green lawns and jungle gym facility. All the rooms are fully airconditioned and there are nine inter-leading rooms which are ideal for those with families. Each features a small lounge area, en-suite sandstone bathroom and private terrace leading onto the landscaped gardens.

          Shamwari is a malaria free 25,000 hectare game reserve situated on the Eastern Cape and home to Africa’s Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). Two safari drives of about 3 hours each are included daily as well as a visit to one of the Shamwari Born Free Sanctuaries. The Animal Rehab Centre and the Rhino Awareness Centre are great add-ons especially for the kids.

          Appeals to couples & families

          Impodimo Game Lodge, Madikwe. This stunning and luxurious game lodge is set on a rocky ridge overlooking magnificent vistas out to the Big 5 game reserve. Sumptuous accommodation includes eight glass fronted luxury chalets and one deluxe suite each enjoying striking views of the African Bush. Luxury chalets boast en suite bathrooms with outdoor showers, closed system fireplaces and private decks. The Deluxe Suite is perfect for a family with two suites each with its own private deck and en-suite bathroom, a central lounge and dining area with kitchen, bar and viewing deck as well as its own private pool. Two games drives per day are also included.

          Small & Elegant

          Dulini Lodge, Sabi Sand. This is a spectacular lodge in the heart of the exclusive Sabi Sand Resort where just six luxurious stone cottages nestle under a leafy canopy of ebony trees which grace the banks of the Mabrak River. As one of only twelve residents, guests feel instantly at home in this intimate family owned retreat with its elegant and classic interiors. Generous private plunge pools and shady decks look out onto the dry riverbed, perfect for spotting wild game that meander through the grounds. Dulini is the ideal place to relax in between thrilling game drives. Two game drives per day are included in specially adapted safari vehicles.

          Impodimo Game Lodge is situated in the 75,000 (ha) malaria-free Madikwe game reserve, 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. Sabi Sand is a 65,000 (ha) private game reserve that borders the Kruger National Park to the east, both offering exceptional game drive experiences.