South African private game reserves
1MalaMala Game Reserve
This 13 500 hectare private nature reserve, owned and run by the Rattray family, is renowned for its remarkable wildlife sightings. It is entirely possible to see most members of the Big 5 within a day or 2 here.
2Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
3Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Some of the country’s top luxury game lodges can be found at this private nature reserve, located on the Kruger National Park’s unfenced border. It is home to the world-renowned lodges, Sabi Sabi, Singita, Londolozi, Ulusaba and Lion Sands, among many others.
4Madikwe Game Reserve
This remarkable reserve near the Botswana border is a 3-way partnership between the state that conserves the land, the surrounding community that benefit from it, and the private sector that has built some of South Africa’s best luxury game lodges here.
5Welgevonden Private Game Reserve
In the malaria-free Waterberg, only 3 hours' drive north of Johannesburg, is Welgevonden, with 13 luxury game lodges scattered across a generous 37 500 hectares of bushveld. Apart from the Big 5, there are intriguing game and plant species to be seen.
6Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
At 100 000 hectares, this is the largest private nature reserve in South Africa. Sprawling over the red-duned savannah, it offers an extraordinary experience in terms of luxury and conservation.
7Samara Private Game Reserve
8Shamwari Private Game Reserve
This private nature reserve sprang from one man’s dream to restore the wildlife-rich thickets of the Eastern Cape to their former glory. Today Shamwari is 1 of South Africa’s greatest conservation success stories. It is easily accessible from Port Elizabeth, is malaria-free, and is home to a number of luxury lodges.
9Phinda Private Game Reserve
Set within an extraordinary biodiverse part of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, and close to the famous iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Phinda offers the Big 5 and far more. It has nearly 450 bird species and 7 distinct ecosystems, including the vanishingly rare sand forest.