Destinations / Wildlife Encounters

South Africa Game Reserves & Lodges

Updated Monday, 18 April 2022

South African National Parks and Game Reserves: South Africa boasts a huge collection of wildlife regions and game parks (both public and private) encompassing every possible landscape from deserts to forests, mountains to coast, teeming with wildlife species – including Africa’s Big 5: Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhinoceros.

Lion in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

South Africa’s Game Lodges and Bush Camps: Game lodges are located within private game reserves, national parks and nature reserves. The accommodations offered at a Game Lodge ranges from rustic to 5-star super-luxury; from self catering bush camps to fully catered lodges, with packages including daily game activities, such as day and night game drives, bush walks, horse-back safaris and other eco-activities.


Editor’s Note

Visit the Game Reserve and Game Lodge section on You will find a detailed map depicting the locations of all the reserves » click through to each province to see the provincial map indicating the reserves in that region » then click on the reserve within the map to view detailed info about each game reserve or national park, the wildlife you can expect to encounter and suggested Game Lodges or accommodation available in the reserve (or in a nearby town). There are over 200 reserves to explore!
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Useful Links

Links to some of South Africa’s most popular BIG 5 Game Reserves:

Leopard in the Kruger National Park