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African Safaris
& Private Reserves

Below is a list of private safari reserves that we can recommend in the KwaZulu-Natal province. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list but rather those from which we have had positive feedback from the guests at our YOLO Spaces properties.

Thula Thula Private Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

Only 2 hours north of Durban, in Zululand, Thula Thula Private Game Reserve is a 4500 ha wildlife sanctuary and home to big game such as buffalo, elephant, leopard, rhino and superb birdlife. Thula Thula offers you the choice of exclusive accommodation between the stylish Elephant Safari Lodge, renowned gourmet destination, and the Luxury Tented Camp, offering an authentic African bush experience in a relaxed atmosphere and where children are welcome.

Mkuze Falls Safari Lodge

Situated in the heart of historic Zululand in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the ‘Big 5’ – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant and for bird lovers, nearly 430 species of birds are resident. Experience the unique richness that this peaceful part of Africa has to offer – a place of pure tastes and simple delights, celebrating the thrill of nature, a place where the sound and beauty of water falling, seeps into your soul.

Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve

Thanda Private Game Reserve is situated north of Hluhluwe in northern Zululand – this 14 000 hectare reserve was previously farmland and with the help of wildlife management and extensive game relocations has succeeded in restoring the natural balance and bringing back species which were once endemic to the area, including reintroducing the ‘Big 5’!

The main lodge at Thanda is one of the top luxury lodges in KwaZulu-Natal, winning the annual World Travel Awards as one of Africa’s and the world’s leading luxury lodges! The lodge has been built on a treed hillside and boast great views over the valley. With generous spacing between the villas, you’re guaranteed a sense of privacy and tranquillity so vital to a memorable stay in the bush.

Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge

Leopard Mountain is a 5 Star, multi award winning, Big 5, family run Safari Lodge located in the 58 000 acre Manyoni Private Game Reserve, offering spectacular views and luxurious well appointed stone and thatch suites. Enjoy peace and tranquility in a hammock or private plunge pool. Indulge in tantalising cuisine and hand select wine from their unique multi-award winning cellar. Guided walking safaris offer an intimate encounter with the African bush veld and Big 5 animals.

Elephant Rock Private Safari Lodge

Elephant Rock offers the thrill of ‘Big 5’ game viewing as well as the creature comforts of a top-class resort. A staff ratio of one staff member per guest ensures phenomenal service and personalised attention to detail. Relax on the deck next to the delightful pool or enjoy a sundowner on the main viewing deck overlooking the waterhole. The bar is an ideal meeting place for pre-dinner drinks.

The sumptuous individual suites, each with full en suite facilities, outdoor shower and private deck area have either sweeping views of the active waterhole, or indigenous bushveld with abundant bird life.

Nambiti Plains Private Game Lodge

Nambiti Plains is an exclusive, intimate 5 Star Lodge in the heart of the malaria free Nambiti Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal. Offering guests a private bush experience where Africa meets absolute luxury in an earthy environment.

The reserve consists of 22 000 acres of pristine nature – including an abundance of natural water and a beautiful waterfall on the Sundays River making it a unique sanctuary. Game viewing include amongst others the ‘Big 5’, cheetah, eland, gemsbok and nyala as well as several rare bird species.