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7 Stunning South African Luxury Bush Holiday Destinations

No need to rough a holiday in the bush!

Need a break? Any of these 7 luxury bush holiday destinations are sure to de-stress and revitalise you.

Whether you love or hate your work, sometimes you just need to get away and take a break. If taking the load off in the South African bush sounds like a good idea then be sure to take a look at each of these luxury bush holiday destinations.


Madikwe Safari Lodge

The untamed South African bushveld awaits you at one of the most stunning luxury bush holiday destinations you can find. Madikwe Safari Lodge features three separate beautifully designed lodges that cater to your every need.

Madikwe offers a wide range of activities including:

  • Game drives
  • Astronomy
  • Wildlife lectures
  • Bush breakfasts
  • Picnic lunches
  • Bush dinners
  • Children’s activities
  • and more…

With so much on offer we’d be surprised if your don’t pack your bags right now.

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Lion Sands Game Reserve Treehouses

Fancy a holiday in a luxury treehouse? The Lion Sands Game Reserve offers the unique experience of staying in one of three beautiful bush treehouses.

From their elevated positions, the views are simply stunning. Enjoy all the creature comforts you need as you gaze at the many wilder creatures that roam beneath your treehouse.

You can also spend time on the ground with the following activities:

  • Game drives
  • Bush walks
  • Bush breakfasts
  • Trip to Hippo Pools
  • Helicopter ride over the Blyde River Canyon
  • and more…

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve

With a different take on luxury bush holiday destinations, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve places you between mountains and sea. With its Milkwood forests and fynbos plains, the diversity of South Africa’s fauna and flora become apparent.

Grootbos offers beautiful luxury accommodation while you relax and unwind and enjoy the “Marine Big 5” – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguin.

A variety of activities are possible including:

  • Guided Adventures
  • Fine Dining
  • Spa Treatments
  • Wine Tours
  • and more…

For more information visits:


Palala Boutique Game Lodge and Spa

One of the top luxury bush holiday destinations, Palala is a wonder of African inspired decor. This 5 Star destination situated in Limpopo province will cater to your every need.

Immaculate accommodation, fine dining, bush experiences and more, await you just 4 hours drive from Johannesburg.

Activities include:

  • Spa Treatments
  • Game Drives
  • Fine Dining
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • and more…

For more information visit:


Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

Find a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city living at Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge.

Situated in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province and just a few hours drive from Johannesburg. Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge offers luxurious accommodation set in beautiful bushveld surrounds.

Experience game viewing at its best and the opportunity to observe the Big 5. Activities include:

  • Exquisite Cuisine
  • Spa Treatments
  • Guided Safaris
  • and more…

For more information visit:


Thanda Private Game Reserve

Situated in Kwazulu Natal, and one of the most exquisite luxury bush holiday destinations in the country. Thanda Private Game Reserve is an award winning South African safari experience.

Thanda’s accommodation options include the luxury Thanda Safari Lodge, the exclusive Villa iZulu and the Thanda Tented Camp. No matter your choice of accommodation you are sure to have a memorable luxury bushveld experience.

Top activities include:

  • Bush Walks
  • Big 5 Safaris
  • Spa Treatments
  • Water Adventures
  • Photography Experiences
  • and more…

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Marataba Safari Lodge

Last but not least comes the beautifully designed Marataba Safari Lodge. With stunning panoramic views of the Waterberg mountain range, nestled in pristine South African bushveld and featuring luxurious accommodation, Marataba is an experience not to be missed.

Beyond the views and luxury amenities, Marataba offers a wide range of activities. These activities include:

  • Morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles
  • Bush walks
  • Water safaris on Miss Mara
  • Bird watching
  • Astronomy (night sky safaris)
  • Bush breakfasts and dinners
  • Boma dinners
  • Children’s activities

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Do you have any favourite luxury bush holiday destinations you would lke to share with us? Feel free to tell us about them and share your experiences in the comments below.

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