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South African game reserve - any recommendations?

I'm visiting over the weekend. What's the best one to visit? How much would it cost me?

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Our nations largest wildlife reserve is the Kruger National Park. You will need to contact them directly for rates and to make a booking. There are also many private Game reserves and you will find them is by Googling 'Private Game Reserves in South Africa.' I'm sure you'll find something to suit your needs.
Failing that, you'll get the best advice regarding game reserves if you contact the South African Tourism Bureau.
The Kruger Park is the best game reserve, but you will need at least 3 days to really appreciate it. If your time is short and you only have a weekend I suugest either the Pilansberg or Madikwe Game reserves which aRE A 2 AND 4 HOUR DRIVE FDROM jOHANNESBYEG respectively. Ifr you would like to e-mail me I can let you have rates for various options. We are Safari specialists with qualified conservationist guides. E-mail
The Kruger Park is the best game reserve, but you will need at least 3 days to really appreciate it. If your time is short and you only have a weekend I suugest either the Pilansberg or Madikwe Game reserves which aRE A 2 AND 4 HOUR DRIVE FDROM jOHANNESBYEG respectively. Ifr you would like to e-mail me I can let you have rates for various options. We are Safari specialists with qualified conservationist guides. E-mail
The Kruger National Park but only if you are in Johberg, now is a good time to go for up to date fees contact the parks board via the web
Hi Douglas,

Where are you from? If you are headed to a game reserve from the Johannesburg International Airport, then a trip to Kruger National Park would be the best.

Our company offers a Friday to Sunday trip, where you are collected in Gauteng, and dropped off in Gauteng. Accommodation provided, and if you want meals, those can also be included it just changes the price.

Our prices for 2 nights start at ZAR 3800 per person sharing (includes breakfast), and go up to ZAR 5800 per person sharing (includes all main meals, snacks and cool drinks/water).

Kind regards,
Angela of Panthera Tours
Hi Douglas, it will really depend on where you are going to be located and how many days to do you want to spend at the reserve. From Johannesbrug you can go to either Kruger (but for more tahn one day) or Pilansberg National park which is only a couple of hours from JHB. In Cape Town the reserves are much smaller but there is one that is quite highly recommended that is Sanbona Private Game Reserve. You can check on the web for more information on these reserves. You can send me an email if you want more detailed information.
Dear Douglas
Thanks for your email. We have the following Game Reserves in Plettenberg Bay. (Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve) located on the R340 road they do game drives and horse safaris. Pricing is R295 per person. You can make a booking by calling 044 535 0000 or email
Hope this is helping you. My contact number is 082 261 0542 if you need any more help ! They also have accommodation at the Game Reserve.
Hi, Where to go depends on where you will be and how much time you have. There are a number of small game reserves in within easy reach of Cape Town but the quality varies as does the type of game you will see. If you are going to be in either Johannesberg or Durban you have the larger game reserves such as the Kruger, Pilansberg, Londolozi, Hluhluwe and Mfolozi at your disposal. I could make enquiries and do bookings for you but I need to have more specific details such as dates, arrival date and number of persons in the party as well as any preferences you might have
Depends on the area you are visiting - South Africa is a BIG country. Contact SAN Parks and get all relevant info on our parks, fees, location etc.
Kruger National Park is an awesome park but if you're looking for something different then Pilanesberg game reserve is also excellent as well Madikwe both these game reserves are in the North-West province and are about the same distance as Kruger National Park.
If your destination is Cape Town, I am told that Aquila Game Park outside Worcester offers an awesome experience.
If your destination is Cape Town, I am told that Aquila Game Park outside Worcester offers an awesome experience.
it depends where you are entering south africa. should you arrive in johannesburg, pilanesberg national park is definitely always worth the visit. one and a half to two hours drive from jhb, pilanesberg national park offers the big 5 in much smaller setting than the famous kruger park. beautiful scenery and plenty of overnight options make pilanesberg national park my favourite game viewing option when there is not enough time to go to kruger. the park is totally authentic a has a large variety of animals, birdlife including the big 5, hippos and much more.


in the cape town proximity, aquila game farm is a popular big 5 experience.
Kruger National Park in the North East of South Africa and Addo Elephant Park in the South East are very popular.
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Hey Douglas. If you are going to visit the Province of KwaZulu Natal then you are in for a treat. If you are looking for a day visit, then there are a number of reserves close to Durban. The most popular of which is Tala Private Game reserve. Only 45 minutes drive from Durban, this reserve has Giraffe, Black and White Rhino, elephant, Hippos and many other big game, easily viewable from the very well organised private game drives. Visit their website on . Please contact me if you need any other info. about Durban or KwaZulu Natal.
Kruger is one of the more obvious choices. It's large, the vegetation varied and game viewing is great. Accommodation is also plentiful and varied.
Pilansberg is another option. Though, the last time I was there, the accommodation wasn't that great. If you want to see Rhino's, though, Pilansberg is great.
Addo Elephant National Park is great too.

If you're looking for something a little smaller and private, a more tailor-made trip, head up to Mabula Game Reserve, outside of Warmbaths (Bela Bela). The guides and accommodation there are first rate and Mabula has all sorts of varied wildlife. You'll have a chance to see Sable and Roan Antelope, Black Rhino, elephants, Oryx, etc...
Well, The Kruger National Park is the most famous Game Park in South Africa. It also host a variety of private camps. Singita Lebombo Lodge is the best. The Lebombo concession is one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Africa and home to the highest concentration of game, particularly the Big 5 and four particularly large lion prides. The eagle that soars across the vast African skies and builds its nests on the cliff faces of the rugged landscape inspired the architecture of this award-winning lodge. For more info contact me at
The world renowned Kruger National Park is a conservation area stretching over 3 International borders (the only game reserve in the world like this)and it is more or less the same size as Israel / Switzerland / double the size of New York State!
It is home to over 500 bird species, 147 mammal species and then some insects, reptiles and arachnids!

Addo is also a great place to visit as well as Golden Gate and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi.

On a self-drive trip there will be the obvious costs of car rental, fuel, insurance and entrance fees, but then you may find animals not knowing what they are, and / or, miss animals all together as they are so well camouflaged.
The better option is to book yourself with a guide for the day and rather pay him / her / them their daily rate. Some peeps will say this is an expensive option but consider this:
They have the following running costs;
Vehicle, fuel, maintenance, guide's wage, entrance fees, advertising and marketing costs etc. At the end of the day they will also not be so expensive if you consider that a day with a guide and seeing more is far less expensive than paying less for the self drive and not seeing so much; leaving you feeling like you've missed out! Airtickets is far more expensive than a day tour!
Kruger National Park is my favourite place for seeing wildlife. If you don't want a rushed tour just hire a car and do a self drive of the park. Ive found it to be more relaxing and rewarding.
Good day,
Yes, as everyone has mentioned, there is the Kruger National park, but that is not the be all and end all of it. You have the option of going to the Umfolozi/Hluhluwe national parks as well as the St Lucia wetlands which is also a world heritage site. These are in Kwa-Zulu Natal where there are also a lot of other things to do such as scuba diving,fishing,whale watching and turtle tours. You may take part in extreme sports as well as horse riding and do canopy tours all in very close proximity to each other. There are also game parks in the Cape that you can visit

Please see our website for any further assistance you may need. All our packages are tailor made to suit your needs

Best regards

Troy
Dear Traveler
It is always a pleasure to answer any questions regarding safaris or hunting in Southern Africa. For me to give you a proper quote I need you to send me an e-mail with all your details to .
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