Inside the best private luxury game reserve in South Africa

Conde Nast Traveller has ranked the 20 best safaris and resorts in Africa, including 12 from South Africa.

One of the top safari regions which comes up frequently in the top 20 list is the Sabi Sand, which has 6 of the top resorts in South Africa, including the number one (in South Africa and Africa) – Ulusaba Private Game Reserve.

Ulusaba is Sir Richard Branson’s (of Virgin fame) private game reserve in South Africa, which sits entirely within the Sabi Sand Reserve near Kruger National Park, surrounded by 13,500 hectares of open bush.

The reserve comprises 21 rooms and suites across two lodges, with prices ranging from R9,800 per person per night to as high as R85,500 for use of the exclusive “Cliff Lodge”.



These are the best resorts in South Africa, according to Conde Nast – including prices.

1. Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Sabi Sand, Mpumalanga, South Africa – R9,800 (pp) to R85,500


2. Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Clanwilliam, Western Cape, South Africa – (quotes on request)


3. Makanyi Private Game Lodge
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa – R8,000 (pp) to R12,000 (pp)


4. Royal Malewane
Hoedspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa – R21,250 (pp) to R255,000 (luxury suites)


5. Singita Sabi Sand
Sabi Sand, South Africa – R20,660 (pp) – R139,275 (villa)


6. Madikwe Safari Lodge
Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa – R6,100 to R15,548


7. Singita Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park, South Africa – R21,750 (pp)


8. Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Sabi Sand, South Africa – R10,500 (pp) to R25,000 (pp)


9. &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve
Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – R6,600 (pp) to R73,250


10. Londolozi Private Game Reserve
Sabi Sand, South Africa – R10,092 (pp) to R19,600 (pp)


11. Lion Sands Game Reserve
Sabi Sand, Mpumalanga, South Africa – R8,760 (pp) to R27,960 (pp)


12. MalaMala Game Reserve
Sabi Sand, South Africa – R2,250 (pp) to R14,420 (pp)


[Images courtesy of the respective game reserves]

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