If you’re like any other tourist visiting South Africa, you’re going to want to find a safari near Johannesburg! Why? Because that’s simply the best place to do it!
While searching for accommodation in Gauteng, be sure to look for a lodge at one of the many game parks near Johannesburg. There’s nothing like staying in the African bush to get your heart pumping!
You can expect to see lions, giraffes and even zebra’s right on your doorstep! In fact, there are so many zebras to be found that you’ll see more black and white than on a penguin tour!
We highly recommend taking a Kruger National Park tour from Johannesburg as this gives you the best chance of seeing the incredible Big 5!
Here are a few of our favourite lodges on game reserves in Gauteng!
Located on Dinokeng Game Reserve, this eco-lodge provides eye-opening cultural, social and environmental experiences. Not only will you learn about the wonderful creatures that inhabit the game reserve, but you’ll also learn about the social and environmental impact the reserve has on the surrounding area.
Kwalata Lodge offers its guests a genuine African experience. Allowing them to leave not only more knowledgeable about South Africa, but with a growing love for the beautiful country.
While staying at the lodge, you can easily book a safari experience that will open your eyes to the reality of the Big 5 that call this game reserve their home.
Malibu Country Lodge
While the name might not sound particularly African, we can assure you that this wonderful lodge is located in Pretoria, Gauteng. In fact, if you’re looking for lodges in Johannesburg, this one is pretty close!
Malibu Country Lodge offers cosy cottages in a garden setting. You’ll wake up to birds chirping and plenty of wildlife right on your doorstep. Although the accommodation area is fenced off from the actual game reserve, you’ll be able to see the Big 5 just a short walk away.
The lodge offers air-conditioned rooms (which will be welcomed enthusiastically in the heat of the summer), a braai area, and room service that allows you to have a lazy holiday while enjoying the magnificent scenery!
This is one of the most affordable game lodges in Gauteng!
If you’re looking for a stay in a more private setting, then Tshikwalo Lodge just might be the right place for you! This self-catering B&B lodge offers chalets with everything you could ever need, including a private patio that allows you to do animal-watching in style!
You can choose between a variety of dwelling options. Ranging from 2 bedroom chalets to 10 sleeper chalets, so no matter who you’re travelling with, there’s sure to be space for everyone!
There is an on-site restaurant, which means that fixing your own meal doesn’t have to be an every night occasion, in fact, you don’t have to do it at all! After eating here even your pup wouldn’t touch his dog food ever again. You can also enjoy a central boma that surrounds the pool with your travel buddies, and make friends with your fellow guests!
When it comes to venturing out to see the animals, there are a variety of options including a self-drive, which allows you to see the wonderful creatures on your own terms. Just be sure to follow the rules set out by the reserve, you can rest assured that they’re there for your safety!
Ikhaya LamaDube Game Lodge in Pretoria
The name might be quite a mouthful but the stay is absolutely wonderful! The lodge offers 6 delightful self-catering units that are cute as a button. Complete with thatched roofs and wooden interior design, they’re everything you could ask for if you’d like a truly authentic African experience.
Enjoy a bonfire at your very own boma every night under the African sky! You’ll be amazed at just how many stars you’ll see as the lodge is located quite a distance from the bright city.
Lounge by the pool all day and catch the tan of your life from the harsh African sun, but be sure to protect your skin with a high SPF sunscreen!
Venture out onto the game reserve to see the wildlife every day. Whether you’d like a guided game drive or to brave the African landscape yourself with an easily navigable self-drive!
Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa
If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa offers the perfect way to unwind and relax! What could be better than venturing into the African bush during the day, and settling in for the evening with a full-body massage before sipping hot chocolate by the fire?
With a whole range of activities at this wonderful lodge, there’s far more to do than just photograph the Big 5 (although that should also be on your itinerary).
Play volleyball, canoe at the dam, have a spa day, and sip cocktails in the lounge. Go bird watching, take a game drive, indulge in black bass fishing or simply take a day off and relax at the wonderful lodge that is your accommodation.
If you’re looking for a luxurious experience in the African bush, this is one of the best game reserves to stay at! You’re assured a comfortable stay and endless entertainment all rolled into one.
LookOut Safari Lodge
LookOut Lodge offers unique tented chalets, that allow you to look out onto the African bush while maintaining the privacy you deserve. Each chalet is equipped with its own kitchen as well as a braai area, and each room has an ensuite bathroom.
There is a communal boma and pool area that is perfect for those wanting a much-needed break from the African sun.
There are a variety of different self-driving routes throughout the game reserve, giving you the opportunity to go on a different game drive every day.
Final Thoughts on the Best Game Lodges in Gauteng
If you’re looking to go on a safari near Johannesburg, South Africa, these lodges are the perfect place to go!
A lovely blend of African wildlife and modern luxuries make these some of the best game reserve adventures you’ll ever come across. Spend the morning meeting the Big 5 before going making your way back to the lodge, where you can experience all the comforts of home.
If you’re looking for some other mind-blowing activities to do in South Africa, be sure to check out the Western Province, where Cape Town happens to be the main feature! Exploring the Karoo desert is also a fun way to road trip through the province!
I think we can all agree, that this is perhaps the best way to experience Africa! So what are you waiting for? Your safari experience awaits you!