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SSouth Africa, one of the African continents leading safari destinations, is renowned for the many game lodges, reserves and other bush retreats that has tourists flocking to our country. These include the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, and Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal.

Of course, these are incredible parks that have so much to offer. However, the North West is right up there with the rest, offering the best bush experiences, safari adventures and top-class game reserve accommodation. What are you waiting for? Pack your safari gear and sunblock, and visit our list of the top 10 game reserves in the North West.

  • Kareekloof Game Farm

Picture this – a region surrounded by beautiful hills, valleys, seasonal streams, natural springs and of course, wildlife. Expect this and more at the Kareekloof Game Farm.

  • Kumbagana Game Lodge

Situated on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain Range, one couldn’t ask for a better location for a game reserve. Look out for a variety of game including Kudu, Nyala, Giraffe, Zebra and Sable at the Kumbagana Game Lodge.

  • Pilanesberg Private Lodge

Nestled on the foot of the majestic Pilanesberg Mountains, the Pilanesberg Private Lodge offers five beautiful chalets named Leopard, Tambotie, Shepherds Tree, Rhino and Elephant. There’s no doubt that you’ll get to see these animals up close and personal.

  • Bona Bona Game Lodge

One of the North West’s many hidden gems, the Bona Bona Game Lodge offers visitors the best of the best in outdoor experiences. Sit back and relax around a campfire as you listen to the calls of the wild.

  • Thabaledi Game Lodge

The meaning behind the Thabaledi Game Lodge derives from Tswana culture. Thabaledi means Mountain of the Stars in Tswana, and it’s without a doubt there will be lots of star gazing at this bush retreat.

  • Thakadu River Camp

Travel to the eastern side of Madikwe and you’ll find Thakadu River Camp, a camp known for its Afro-Asian safari style. Settle in one of the 12 tented suites, accommodating 24 people each with sliding doors opening onto a private viewing deck overlooking the river.

  • The Bush House

What sets this farmhouse apart from other guest and bush houses is that they offer visitors the opportunity to dine outside under the stars. The Bush House has six en-suite rooms and four of them have private verandas where you can sit back and take in the great outdoors.

  • Tau Game Lodge

Considering the Tau Game Lodge has been awarded five stars from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, it’s to no surprise that it’s one of the top-class lodges in the country. It can be found in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, the 4th largest game reserve in the country.

  • Morokolo Game Lodge

One of the many attractions (and of course wildlife) guests can look forward to when visiting Morokolo Game Lodge include elephant back safaris, hot air balloon rides, a water park and more.

  • Thaba Khaya Lodge

Looking for a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life? Look no further than Thaba Khaya Lodge. Choose from bush lodges to family suites, whatever your choice you’re guaranteed a good night’s rest under the African sky.

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