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Top three Private Safari Destinations in South Africa

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Author: Vihann Van Wyk - 30 May 2017

Last Update: 7 May 2024

With its magnificent natural landscapes, diverse and unique wildlife as well as unforgettable scenic beauty, South Africa pride itself as a premiere African safari destination.

For travellers looking to have a memorable safari experience in a tranquil and exclusively set safari destination, here is a selection of the three top private nature reserves in South Africa.

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve

The award-winning Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is the epitome of a luxurious and exclusive private safari experience.

Exclusively set in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve offers one of the most tranquil early morning and afternoon private game drive experiences.

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With over 13,500 hectares of flora and fauna rich South African bushveld, visitors can also enjoy the African bush on guided bush walks.

Apart from providing luxurious accommodation, Ulusaba’s two lodges give visitors exclusive Big Five sightings, and breathtaking views of the setting sun or stars at night. You can also use the bush observatory for those memorable views of stars at night.

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

Home to the rare white lions, and with its diversity of wildlife and luxurious lodges and tented camps, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is yet another best pick for the traveller looking for the best private safari experience.

Sightings and close encounters with the Big Five are guaranteed in Timbavati, as it shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park.

Apart from guided morning and afternoon game drives, Timbavati offers guided bush walks where visitors get to sample the unique African flora and fauna. Visitors can also enjoy uninterrupted game viewing at the reserves waterhole, as they watch the sunset on the horizon or have a view of the stars.

Colonial styled lodges, luxury tented camps, as well as traditional thatched luxurious lodges offer a unique dining and accommodation experience for visitors to Timbavati Nature Reserve.

Phinda Private Game Reserve

The Phinda Private Game Reserve offers the best private safari experience for big cat viewers and cheetah lovers, as well as unique rhino safari experiences featuring the endangered white and black rhinos.

A private safari experience at Phinda Private Game Reserve offers guided day and night game drives and safari walks, with spectacular Big Five viewings, and the reserve also hosts uniquely designed luxurious lodges that are designed to afford privacy and seclusion, while at the same time offering the privilege of indoor game viewing.


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